Should Your Loved One Age at Home or Move to an Assisted Living Community?
For many families, choosing whether to age at home or transition into an assisted living community is a pivotal and involved decision. There are pros and cons to both options, some of which are outlined below for quick reference in your exploration process.
The pros and cons of staying at home vs. assisted living communities
|Independence||Help from family, friends, and caregivers make it easier to live independently at home. Without support, however, daily living can be difficult.||Support from a senior care team can lead to increased independence. Seniors have more time and energy to focus on the things they love most.|
|Social Life||It’s easy to become isolated at home, especially if friends and loved ones live far away.||Assisted living communities come with a built-in social network. Residents are thrilled to meet new friends and enjoy life together.|
|Meals & Dining||Seniors who love cooking (and can still do so safely) may prefer their own kitchen. However, eating alone is common, and some older adults have trouble maintaining a well-rounded diet.||Nutritious meals are prepared every day. Mealtime is also an opportunity for connecting with peers in a homey community dining room.|
|Transportation||For seniors who don’t drive or have access to reliable public transport, lack of transportation can be a major hurdle. Relying on others for transportation isn’t always ideal.||Scheduled transportation services mean residents can run errands, attend appointments, and more with greater ease.|
|Activities & Events||Some seniors continue to enjoy their favorite activities and events while living at home. Others can benefit from more structure and encouragement.||Different activities and events are planned for residents monthly, with fun things happening both in and out of the community.|
|Housekeeping & Home Maintenance||The senior is responsible for housekeeping and home maintenance, which can become a safety issue.||Housekeeping services, including laundry, are available for residents. Home maintenance will also become a distant memory.|
|Emergency Assistance||Immediate help isn’t always available, especially if the senior isn’t able to alert someone.||Apartments have emergency alert systems, and staff members are available 24/7 as needed.|
Choosing between assisted living or aging at home
While moving into an assisted living community can be an excellent choice for many seniors, it’s not the only option. Think critically about each of the factors discussed here and how they impact your loved one’s daily life. Barring medical necessity, we encourage you take as much time as needed to make a decision.
If your family is in the beginning stages of discussing a transition to senior living, use this resource to help guide the conversation: How Do You Start the Conversation About Senior Care Options?
As a local nonprofit, The Argyle has brought high quality and affordable care to Denver’s seniors since 1874. To this day, our caring team remains committed to encouraging independence and preserving the dignity of every resident who calls our community home.