With the aging population, many of us are having to face choices about the care of our parents when the time comes. A number of older adults don’t need skilled nursing care such as is provided in a traditional nursing facility, but they could use a little extra help with day-to-day living. Fortunately, there are other options for care.

First, let’s look at the difference between in-home care and assisted living so that you can make an informed decision about what is right for your loved one.

  • Assisted Living is a good choice for individuals who need minimal care on a daily basis. Those living in an assisted living facility will typically have their own private apartments which include a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Residents can get assistance with tasks as needed, tailored to their individual needs. These tasks can include organizing medications, dressing, eating, and bathing. Housekeeping and laundry services may also be offered, and often programs for recreational activities, social functions, religious services, and transportation services are available as well.
  • In-Home Care can be as simple as someone providing companionship or caregivers can provide more in-depth personal care and supervision. This option allows individuals to stay in their own home, which many seniors prefer. Some of the services that in-home care offers are:
    • personal care
    • companionship
    • supervision
    • laundry
    • meal preparation
    • light housekeeping
    • medication reminders
    • errands
    • shopping
    • transportation

When deciding whether in-home care or assisted living is right in your situation, you’ll need to determine just how much help your senior parent requires. Sit down and make a list of everything they need help with and figure out how often they will need help with these things. Are there needs that you, other family members, or friends can meet? Keep in mind just how long they will need this help as well. Does your senior parent want to stay in his/her own home? Most find being in their own home most comfortable.

At A Peaceful Way Home Care of Palos Verdes, we can set up a personal meeting with you to help design an in-home care plan to meet the needs of your loved one in the Palos Verdes, Torrance, San Pedro and surrounding South Bay area. We know that everyone has unique needs and we take pride in providing quality care. Whether you need full-time, part-time or live-in assistance, let us help you care for your loved one today.