Living at Home vs. Assisted Living
How Technology Assists with Aging in Place
In many cases, our parents have been inspirations to us. The roots of our very being come from their guidance, instruction and love. They’ve selflessly given everything that they had so that we may live the life that we desire. And they’ve done many great things in their own lives. Unfortunately, age catches up to all of us and our parents may have to turn to us for help. Driving may become harder, stairs are trickier, and, in general, our parents may not carry themselves in the way that they once did. The time may come when we have to make the decision of how to care for our parents. This decision is even tougher if you don’t live nearby. Eventually, we have to decide whether to help our parents live at home or encourage them to move into an assisted living facility.
There are a number of options and considerations to explore in terms of aging in place for our parents. An in-home healthcare agency can provide both medical and/or companion care. Many of these agencies have nurses on staff that can provide medical care that is comparable to what’s received in a hospital setting. Companion care professionals help seniors perform various activities of daily life (ADL) including bathing, toileting, housekeeping and transportation.
In-home care comes at a cost. According to a Genworth survey, the average cost of in-home care is about $20.00 per hour. Regardless of your financial situation, this can add up. To lower costs, many families choose to split the duties of taking care of a parent among siblings. Additionally, they work to make sure that the proper tools are in place to ensure their parents are safe at home and that they have access to help, if needed.
In an assisted living facility, seniors live in a community in which they receive healthcare services and help with ADL’s, including grooming and housekeeping. They also receive meals and can participate in social activities.
There are advantages and disadvantages to living at home and living in an assisted living facility. Advantages of living at home, whether with an in-home care agency or a family caregiver, include living in the most comfortable setting for the parent and having a sense of independence and control. Feeling comfortable and independent is critical when it comes to overcoming illness and aging well. Disadvantages of aging at home include the strain caregiving can place on family members and the costs of ensuring your parents are taken care of on a 24-hour basis.
The advantages of an assisted living setting is that it offers seniors 24-hour medical and ADL support. It also provides social opportunities through regular interaction with others. Some of the disadvantages of assisted living include having a lack of independence and privacy and the emotional distress of not being close to family.
If you and your parents opt to have them age in place in their own home, you will need peace of mind. The EyeOn app can provide that. It’s an automated check-in system that can send notifications to your parents’ phone at pre-determined intervals. If your parent doesn’t respond to the message, you will be alerted immediately, which gives you the opportunity to physically check in with your parents and seek medical attention, if necessary. The EyeOn app can make life easier by making life safer for your loved ones.