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Cost of Assisted Living vs In-Home Care

When choosing between an assisted living community or home care, often the deciding factor for families can be cost. Both options have benefits.

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Study, the cost of hiring a home health aide for eight hours a day is $4,576 per month nationwide versus the cost of an assisted living community which is $4,300 on average per month. Genworth reports that from 2004 to 2020, the cost for facility and in-home care services has risen on average nationwide from 1.88% – 3.80% per year. That amounts to an increase of $797 annually for home care and up to $2,542 annually for a private room in a nursing home. Costs can vary by region. To find the cost of care in a specific state, click here.

Is Assisted Living Better than In-Home Care?

Assisted living communities provide help for seniors with the activities of daily living such as medication management, bathing, and dressing. One of the main reasons residents choose a senior living community is the social aspects it offers them. They can see and visit like-minded people their own age every day without leaving the building. Activities and amenities are designed to promote camaraderie and healthy living. Staff is available to provide 24/7 care in assisted living and they play a crucial role to ensure the safety of residents.

Communities such as Country Gardens offer additional services on-site including a beauty salon and barber shop, an activity room, lending library, restaurant-style dining room and multiple common areas to use as an extension of your residence. Pets are also welcome.

While in-home care allows seniors to remain in their houses, it may not be able to deter the feelings of isolation, lack of friends and engaging daily activities. When you consider how much it costs for assisted living per month, remember to add in the benefits that are built in to keep residents independent and inspired. In-home care cannot compete with the activities and programs available on-site at Country Gardens. At no extra charge, you can choose to participate in daily games, fitness and yoga programs, arts and crafts, Wii bowling, Bridge and bingo, live entertainment and happy hours.

Aging At Home Brings Additional Costs.

In addition to paying a home-health aide for care, staying in place during your senior years also means paying property taxes on your house, insurance expenses, home repairs, utilities costs and yard work. In addition, you may have to install safety measures to prevent falls such as grab bars or railings. Maintenance-free living at Country Gardens includes housekeeping, laundry, nutritious meals, scheduled transportation and 24/7 security and every aspect of our community was thoughtfully designed with seniors in mind.

The best way to find out how our services can match your budget is to schedule a personal assessment. Call for an appointment now at 918-686-8100.