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Home Care as an Alternative to an Assisted Living Facility

Home care can be an excellent alternativeto an assisted living facility for a patient who needs help with someof their daily tasks. A home care provider can assist with cooking,errands, housekeeping, hygiene, and more; and offers a flexible scheduleto accommodate patients and their families.

Families have some tough decisions tomake when they have a loved one who is struggling to manage their dailytasks or live safely on their own. Aging relatives may be finding itharder and harder to do everyday things that used to be doneeffortlessly. Perhaps there are some physical health situationsemerging which limit mobility, making housekeeping or errands difficultor impossible. Early Alzheimer’s symptoms may present challenges, andmedication needs to managed, and safety issues may emerge.

Should a family choose an assisted livingfacility or home care? It is a difficult decision, and sometimesmoving away to a new place with full time care is necessary for thehealth and safety of the individual. However; unless one needs fullsupervision or care, home care is an excellent choice, especially if theindividual would be happier remaining in their homes. An assistedliving facility may be more help than needed, and be much moreexpensive. Home care offers many services, and it is also a veryflexible option. Maintaining familiar surroundings including neighborsand friends can help keep a senior in good mental and physical health.

Home care can be temporary or long term;daytime, nighttime, or overnight; or for weekends and holidays. Itprovides care when and how it is needed, after careful consideration andconsultation with doctors, patients and their families. Thisflexibility allows for great respite and peace of mind for familycaregivers, and they can be assured with a high quality home careservice that their loved one is cared for and safe.

Home care services include hygieneassistance, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands and more. Thewarm companionship is also something a patient looks forward to andenjoys. Support with these daily tasks can provide an enormous relieffor both the patient and their families. When possible, staying at homemany times is the better alternative for a patient’s physical andmental health and happiness, and home care is an outstanding choice.

Bio: Grace Enderlein is a freelancewriter and editor. “Home Care as an Alternative to an Assisted LivingFacility” outlines the advantages of home care when appropriate.Visitingangels.com provides experienced, qualified, and lovingcaregivers for senior care and personal care.

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