Home Care Is The New Assisted Living Facility

Home Care Is The New Assisted Living Facility

Everything in the world is changing. How we care for our elderly is no exception. With the elderly population rapidity increasing it is important to reconsider how we are going to take care of the elderly in the future. With growing numbers of elderly, home care is becoming more financially viable then assisted living facilities.


Naturally occurring retirement communities are the new hot topic when it comes to the aging population. Whether it is a new phenomenon is not clear, but it is becoming more frequent and more widespread. Entire neighborhoods, in some areas, are reaching their golden years simultaneously. Often minimal assistance is needed by many older people. In these cases, it is making more sense to bring services to them rather than relocating such vast numbers and creating facilities to house them. The concentration of patrons, for workers such as nurses, nursing assistants, housekeepers, cooks, and the like, make these easy places to set up shop going virtually door-to-door for work.


Having the care come to the home allows the elderly to maintain the maximum amount of independence for the longest time possible. Losing independence is not easy and can have psychological effects that are damaging to overall health. There is also the comfort in staying in an environment that is familiar. The change that comes with relocating can be overwhelming for the elderly. Relationships fostered over the years with neighbors help contribute to good mental health. Coincidentally, neighbors can be a big part of providing adequate home care.


Another aspect, that is not addressed as much as it should, is caring for low-income elderly. Moving to an assisted living facility is financially unpractical for lower income elderly adults. It is something typically reserved for seniors that are financially stable. Those on a fixed and low-income struggle to find options. Providing care at the home often is the only financial option. This is especially true when it comes to low-income seniors that require very minimal assistance to maintain independent living.


Numbers alone make it a difficult task to relocate the elderly to facilities in times of need. Bringing the help to the home is a financially viable option that maximizes comfort and independence.