Should You Live at Home or in Assisted Living?

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As the average age in the United States gradually increases, more and more seniors are having to decide whether to continue living at home or move to assisted living facilities. You’ll have to weigh many different pros and cons, as well as the advice of your doctor, but here is a general guide to help you decide which option may be right for you.

Home Care

Many seniors enjoy the independence of continuing to live at home for as long as possible. It’s likely that they’ve spent years in the home and feel more comfortable there than they would at a new, unfamiliar location. However, it provides less supervision than assisted living facilities, so it’s only a good option if there are no serious medical conditions involved, unless there is extensive care by a family member or home care aide. Keep in mind that even when others are around to help, they probably won’t be able to provide 24-hour care.

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities are designed to accommodate senior living. There’s no home or yard maintenance and staff can help with meals, errands, and other chores when needed. However, they still give seniors a certain amount of privacy and independence. They’re a good choice for seniors who want to mingle with people their own age or who need a little help with certain tasks, but can take care of themselves for the most part. Most facilities also have staff members available 24-7 in case of an emergency.

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