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Deciding between Home Care Services and a Retirement Home

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What do you do when a loved one is struggling to live independently? Families across the country struggle to make the ‘right’ decision for their loved one’s health and well-being. Most often the decision comes down to home care services versus a retirement home or independent living facility. Sometimes it can be difficult to know which option is the best option for your family and your loved one.

Below is a brief look at the differences between at home care services and independent living facilities.

Home Care Services

Home care services make it possible for seniors to continue living at home by providing compassionate, dignified care for independent living. At home care services should be provided by a bonded, licensed and insured agency. Agencies, like Visiting Angels, offer professional elder care providers who have been pre-screened and participated in background checks.

At home care services often include:

  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Hygiene and grooming care including bathing and dressing assistance
  • Medication reminders
  • Help running errands, shopping or getting to appointments

Many families turn to agencies, like Visiting Angels, for home care services because their loved one has expressed a desire to continue living at home. “For many seniors, the option to live at home among familiar surroundings is the preferred choice. Seniors thrive when they are able to live at home and maintain a familiar routine,” explains Larry Meigs, President and CEO of Visiting Angels.

While home care services can be expensive, they have many benefits including:

  • Fully vetted elder care providers
  • Ability to provide backup caregivers when your primary elder care provider is sick or on vacation
  • Ability to meet with and choose the caregiver that puts you at ease
  • Ability to choose the tasks you’d like your elder care provider to help with


Independent Living Facility or Retirement Home

Independent living facilities are typically apartment style housing for seniors who don’t require medical care and who wish to live in a senior environment. Independent living facilities offer a smaller living space and sense of community when your loved one’s home has become too much to look after. Amenities offered by independent living facilities vary but can include:

  • Meal services
  • Activities
  • Health care monitoring
  • Wellness and/or fitness centers
  • Housekeeping and/or laundry services

Retirement homes can be a good solution for seniors who are in good health and no longer wish to live alone. If you are evaluating retirement homes, your loved one should visit all the facilities you are considering to ensure they feel safe and comfortable in what may become their new home.

Whichever option you choose, it’s important you find an elder care solution that puts your loved one at ease. Choose the elder care solution that will allow your loved one to live with safety, good health and dignity. Please call your local Visiting Angels office for more information on home care services.


Article provided by Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services



About Visiting Angels

Visiting Angels was established in 1991 in Baltimore as an independent agency caring for seniors in their homes. Today, Visiting Angels agencies employ only experienced caregivers and conduct the most comprehensive background screenings to ensure that their caregivers meet or exceed the company’s high standards. For companion care, Alzheimer’s care, Dementia care and the country’s best palliative care program make Visiting Angels your choice in home care services. For more information on Visiting Angels or to find a location near you, please visit www.VisitingAngels.com.


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