What is the difference between HomeCare and Assisted-Living?
We all enjoy our independence. That’s human nature. One naturally wants to be free to decide how he leads his life, what he wears, how he spends his time, what he eats, how and with whom he socializes, etc., etc.
We can extend human life by slowing aging, but we can’t stop it. There comes a time, when one just cannot live alone without assistance, especially he/she has lost a spouse. One needs to carefully choose and decide between getting ‘help’ at home via a home care agency or shift altogether to an assisted living home like NEMA Elder home. Even if one engages this homecare assistant, maids will still need to be engaged. These homecare assistants help with personal hygiene such as bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, eating meals, etc. normally called Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). The home care assistants don’t help in maintaining the house, brooming, mopping, laundry, housekeeping, cooking, or cleaning utensils. One will need to engage maids by service, and they are getting pretty difficult to get.
Another set of the challenge is to manage utilities like gas, electricity, water, Wi-Fi, DTH for TV, mobile bills, house tax, garbage removal, gardening, and, and, and. The list goes on. It’s not easy for an elder. Most of the services in India are unreliable, though it’s improving gradually as they get privatized. But one can reasonably manage with the active support of a relative or volunteer.
Another crucial issue is cost. Following comparative chart could be of some help to decide.