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How Are Assisted Living & In-Home Care Different?

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When your elderly loved one requires assistance with daily activities, you need to decide where he or she will receive the care from. Most seniors want to receive care at home instead of moving into an assisted living facility. Although both options provide benefits, the services are different. Here are some of the differences between home care and assisted living. 

Familiar Surroundings 

The familiarity of home can be a huge factor in a senior’s life. Older adults experience a variety of changes as they age, but remaining at home gives them some control over their lives, and they are surrounded by familiar people, sounds, and objects rather than moving into a new place with less space. In some cases, seniors can stave off various health issues just by staying at home. They may also be able to recover faster when given the opportunity to receive care at home, surrounded by their personal belongings and familiar people. 

Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional elder care Plantation seniors can trust and rely on.

One-on-One Care 

Seniors share caregivers in an assisted living facility, unlike when receiving care at home. If your loved one chooses to receive care at home, he or she will have someone to help with daily tasks and activities. Your loved one can also receive home care around the clock if needed, and he or she doesn’t have to share a caregiver with other seniors. Instead, your loved one will have the caregiver’s undivided attention, which could reduce the risk of accidents. The caregiver will focus on your loved one’s needs the entire time he or she is inside of the home. 

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving 24-hour care. Plantation Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.


Seniors don’t need to share amenities or space with other individuals when they receive care at home. If privacy is a big concern for your loved one, it may be best to choose home care. Your loved one will be free to roam around the house as he or she likes without having a lot of rules and boundaries. Your loved one doesn’t have to worry about people coming in and out of the home, compared to an assisted living facility where visits from family, doctors, and guests of other seniors are permitted. You can have more peace knowing an in-home caregiver is there to provide your loved one with companionship. 

Cost of Care 

If your loved one doesn’t require around-the-clock care, he or she doesn’t have to pay for it with home care. Your loved one will only pay for the services he or she needs. For example, if your loved one only needs help with household chores and meal prep, a home caregiver can come and help with those tasks. Once the tasks are complete, the caregiver will leave. Hourly care is an affordable option for those seniors who can’t pay for constant care. With assisted living, seniors are typically charged a flat rate, regardless if they utilize the services being offered. If your loved one’s care needs change over time, home care allows you to make those changes on an as-needed basis.

Many seniors prefer aging in place over moving to an assisted living facility. If your senior loved one needs assistance to remain safe and comfortable while living at home, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading Plantation elderly home care agency. Our dedicated in-home caregivers can assist with meal prep, bathing and grooming, exercise, medication reminders, and many other important tasks. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your loved one, call us at (954) 533-2410 today.

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