There are many finer details that determine the nature of elderly care but they can be broadly classified into two categories. There is elderly care at home, which is the residence of the person. There is elderly care at assisted living homes, which is a residential facility housing more than one person. There are small, medium and large assisted living homes. Elderly care at home may be part-time or fulltime. It can involve one or more caregivers.
A family must assess the relevance of elderly care at home vis-à-vis assisted living homes. There are some preconceived notions about both. Some families prefer live-in care so the elderly member does not have to leave the house and move. Some families prefer assisted living homes owing to the facilities available. Elderly people have their own preferences as well, largely influenced by popular perception. It is true that elderly care at home can be perfect for a person. It is equally true that assisted living homes may be satiating.
Both these options have their share of pros and cons for an elderly person. The comparison needs to be holistic. Some elderly people who like to socialize may find themselves at ease with other people at assisted living homes. They can engage in a plethora of activities and have a good time every day, noon, evening and night. Some elderly people will want to be as close to their family as they can, even if the actual interactions are limited to a few hours when everyone is home in the evening or at night. Every significant factor of both options should be listed, thoroughly assessed, discussed and then opinionated upon. It is not unwise to try out both over a period of time if the condition of the elderly person does not inhibit such a process.