It’s not an easy task deciding whether to put a senior in a long-term care facility or to hire a home-care giver. This is a person you love, so it’s normal to want the best for them. There are many different factors to consider a senior can no longer live independently. Here are three main ones to think about, to decide if home-care or facility-care is right for you.


In terms of affordability, home-care for the elderly wins. These home visits usually have reasonable rates per hour and simple pricing models without monthly or annual contracts. The cost of staying in an assisted living facility ranges from $3000 to $4500 per month and in a nursing home, it’s even more, between $5,000 to $9,000 per month. However, facilities like nursing homes have CNAs working 24/7 to meet all their patients emotional and medical needs. So, if your elderly loved one requires intense specialized medical attention, opt for a nursing home instead of home-care.

Personalized Care

With home-care, things get personal! In this situation, a senior is guaranteed to have a personalized one-on-one experience with a private caregiver. Plus, you have a peace of mind that your loved ones are well taken care of, since they are right at home with you. Home-care is the most extensive form of personalized care, but that doesn’t mean facilities can’t provide it too. Personalized care has become a priority for many long-term care facilities across the U.S. They usually use interview protocols to monitor senior satisfaction levels and even offer individualized care plans.

Independence and Socialization

In a home-care setting, elderly adults can still partake in independent daily activities and socialize with family and friends in their community. When an elderly adult moves into a long-term care facility, he or she will move away from their home. This can be a disheartening and stressful experience for seniors. So, keep that in mind. However, if you decide to put a senior in a facility, at least he or she can still be a social butterfly. Most care centers have fun recreational group activities for their residents like quizzes, bingo nights, arts and crafts and even group yoga. Betty Frieden once said, “aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” So, who knows? Your elderly loved one may discover an amazing new passion in an assisted living facility after all.