At some point in your life you reach the realization that you are not as young as you used to be and you can’t do it all anymore. So now what? You may be thinking about moving to a retirement residence. A lot of us consider moving to retirement homes because they seem to have it all — activities, the interaction with other people, all your meals cooked for you, and no more shovelling or mowing the lawn. Sounds pretty good! However, what people do not realize is that there is another option gaining in popularity — Elderly Home Care Services. This option offers the choice to be cared for in the comfort of your own home.
Here are three points to consider when weighing the pros and cons of retirement home living versus staying at home with support.
There is no avoiding the fact that some retirement homes can be pricey. You need to keep this in mind as you plan for the future. At some point, you may in fact need additional support above and beyond what the home can offer. Some additional assistance is covered by OHIP but it is usually minimal and you have to be in dire need to qualify. If you need additional services, you can get them from a qualified home care company and those costs will be on top of what you are already paying at the retirement home. Retirement homes can cost anywhere from $2,500 – $6000 for basic options, reaching costs of up to $10,000. Home care costs anywhere from $29-$35 per hour for companion or personal care services. The true evaluation needs to come down to putting a monthly budget together to see where you will get the most value for your hard-earned money.
The opportunity to fully customize your care is one of the biggest benefits to home care services. Home care takes what is traditionally a general care approach and tailors it to the needs of the individual. You can even find some options that are not as commonly found in retirement homes. Home care can offer general services such as transportation and companionship to more specific treatments like personalized dementia care therapies. These are all things to consider when making important decisions for your quality of life.
Now, more than ever, protecting yourself from the unknown is a conversation that can’t be avoided. So far, the most effective way of keeping yourself safe is staying at home. Why should this be any different when it comes to your long term care? The simple answer is that it is not any different. Eliminating the stress and anxiety of outside factors can make a world of difference in your own health. Find the comfort you deserve for the rest of your life by staying in your own home and having the professionals come to you instead.
At My Place Homecare, the most important thing to us is that you live your life with the quality of care you deserve. For more information about our home care services, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (613) 686-6366.