Which Is Better—Assisted or Home Living?

Your senior parents need help.

You know it. They probably know it although they may not want to admit it.

They may be having problems with:

  • Chronic illness or disease, such as high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol or diabetes
  • Declining physical ability, such as vision, hearing, balance or walking
  • Home safety
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Taking their medication accurately
  • Transportation
  • Dressing
  • Cooking
  • Bathing
  • Doctors’ visits

Adult Children Take on Caregiving

Most adult children initially try their best to take care of their parents’ needs. However, you have limited time and resources. You have a job, children, spouse, community responsibilities, and a home that needs regular maintenance.

Eventually, it becomes too much, because your parent needs more care than you can offer.

All too often, adult children feel guilty, because they can’t meet their parents’ growing needs. You shouldn’t though. After all, you weren’t trained to be a caregiver.

What Do You Do When Your Parents Need Help?

Hesitancy and piecemeal solutions will get you nowhere. It is time to research the best options for your parents, your children and spouse, and you.

Financial Aspects of Living at Home versus Assisted Living

Genworth Financial has estimated the monthly costs of various types of care in the Columbus, Ohio, area for 2018.

Homemaker Services…………….$4,147

Home Health Aide…………………$4,147         vs.             Assisted Living………………………$3,750

Adult Day Health Care……………$1,494

If your parents live in their own home, add to the cost of their care those associated with homeownership or rent, including:

  • Mortgage/Rent
  • Property taxes
  • Property/Renters’ insurance
  • Assessments
  • Property maintenance and repair
  • Appliance maintenance/repair/replacement
  • Transportation/vehicle cost (repair, gas, maintenance)
  • Utilities (electric, gas, water, sewer, phone, trash)
  • If your parents are living with you, you are probably footing the bill for all of the above.

Psychological Aspects of Parents Living at Home versus Assisted Living

The American Psychological Association states that caregivers frequently experience the following:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Problems at work
  • Relationship stress
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Financial strain

Health Aspects of Living at Home versus Assisted Living

All the emotional and other stress would be worth it, though, if your parents are happier and healthier at home. However, research indicates assisted living is safer and residents are happier and healthier than living at home, whether with an adult child or not. Studies show the benefits of living in an assisted living community include:

  • Increased physical activity and fitness
  • Socialization
  • Safer living environment, including on-site healthcare and emergency response systems
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Nutritious meals
  • Housekeeping and linen service
  • No maintenance/repair
  • Transportation provided
  • Help with activities of daily living, such as dressing, medication reminders, and hygiene
  • Regular monitoring for physical and mental well-being

Because all MacIntosh communities also offer skilled nursing, we provide additional services, such as on-site emergency care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing, and medication management.

The MacIntosh difference is that we provide personalized, uncompromised healthcare that exceeds expectations. MacIntosh assisted living residences are located at Canal WinchesterMill RunNew AlbanyPickaway and Whetstone communities. Monterey and West Park offer memory support for residents with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s.  If you need more information, please call (614) 345-9500 or email us online.