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Home Care vs Memory Care: Which Is Right for You?

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When it comes to making the decision about making a large move to a care facility, the decisions can be overwhelming. Choosing whether to move to a home care or memory care facility is not an easy choice. Deciding what is right for you will depend on what kind of care you will be needing while you are living in residence. 

All of our care facilities are designed with you in mind. In our communities each member is met with individualized care. With services and experiences that help all of the residents feel involved and engaged, living at Fox Trail will make you feel at home. 

Home Care 

For seniors, remaining independent and in your own home can feel key to staying comfortable and feeling safe. As we age, we may want to remain in places that are familiar to us. If you’re starting to notice that you are having physical limitations and need more help in some areas, home care could be right for you.

Home care, sometimes referred to as in-home care, is a service that allows you to stay in your own home. Caregivers will come into your home to help you with various daily tasks that you may no longer be able to do on your own. Having a caregiver visit your home for home care can allow you to live independently while still getting the assistance that you need. In many cases, homecare will be bring in caregivers to do some of the following:

  • Personal care: Your caregiver will help you with such things as washing and bathing, hygiene, and getting dressed. Depending on your needs, they can help you with more personal and intimate matters such as brushing your teething, combing your hair, and helping you to use the washroom.
  • Household chores: From cooking to cleaning, laundry to garden work, your home caregiver can help you with a variety of tasks that you might not be able to do on your own. Whether they do these things for you or assist you, you can be sure that you will have the best care possible.
  • Health care and administrative management: Your home caregiver will be able to help with various aspects of your health, such as taking medications on time, and helping to ensure that you get to medical appointments. 

Many people who choose home care are often able to continue to do many daily tasks on their own. They are requiring help and have some limitations, whether it be mobility or strength. In many cases, there are little to no cognitive or memory impairments or conditions when you choose home care. You are able to stay at home and are not a risk to yourself, but just have varying degrees of limitations. Home care can allow you to get any sort of service that you need, which will be tailored to your condition.

A senior man in does a crossword with a memory support caregiver

Memory Care

If you’re suffering from or have been diagnosed with a condition such as dementia or Alzheimers, a memory care home could be right for you. Memory loss can be scary to go through and can be made worse by living alone. When you choose to transition into a memory care home, you and your loved ones can rest easy knowing that you are getting the right care for your needs. 

Memory care homes are designed for those suffering from memory loss. The ratios for staff to patients are smaller than other seniors homes and can offer the relief needed for all of its residents to feel safe. These assisted living quarters help ensure that you’re taken care of 24/7 and feel comfortable and safe in the space that you are living in. 

Those who are suffering from memory or cognitive issues can often find day to day tasks stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes it can lead to other issues such as:

  • Difficulty communicating 
  • Becoming more frequently confused and disorientated 
  • Struggling with space and visual abilities 
  • Having difficulty with organization and planning
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Paranoia and agitation 

Living in a memory care facility can give you round-the-clock care. There will be staff who will be monitoring you and can care for your changing condition so that you feel safe. Additionally, there are many activities and experiences specifically created to engage those with memory issues. 

What Are the Next Steps?

Whether you choose to make the move to home care or our memory care community, you can be sure that the care you receive will be of the highest quality. When deciding what your next steps will be, it is important for you to speak with your health care professional and understand your own physical and mental conditions. 

While home care and memory care each have their benefits, choosing which one is right for you depends on your health. You are not alone when making these decisions. The care team at Fox Trail is here to help guide you so that you can make the most educated and informed choice based on you or your loved ones needs. To book a tour or to speak with one of our staff, book an appointment and we are happy to help you on your personal journey. 

Ryan Donahue

Written by Ryan Donahue, Regional Vice President

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