Is assisted living better than in-home care?

in-home care or assisted living

There are a number of factors to consider, and the two can’t be truly measured in an apples-to-apples comparison. But we’ll take a look below at some of the things you’ll want to think about is finding the answer that works for you.

What is in-home care?

In-home care gives seniors an option to stay in their own homes. Agencies that provide in-home care offer ongoing services that friends and family members either don’t have time or level of expertise to do. Generally, in-home care can come in three levels: 

• Companionship
• Supervision
• Personal care

Many in-home care companies are able to provide assisted living services as well as skilled health care services. The services provided will depend on the needs of each individual senior. Some seniors receive care for a few hours a day while others will require 24-hour care, which can be quite expensive.

What is assisted living?

In the same way, in-home care can vary, assisted living can be difficult to define because there are no national criteria for assisted living. But a loose description would explain that it is housing that includes nursing care, assistance in daily tasks, and meals. According to the National Caregivers Library, nearly 1.2 million individuals live in the nearly 30,000 assisted living facilities in the U. S. In general, the average resident of an assisted living facility is an 80-year-old mobile female who has moved from a private living arrangement to the facility.

Where start to see major differences – and where Savanna House really stands out – is when you start to consider the types of amenities available at each facility. Many aging Americans would prefer to stay in their homes but the simple fact is that there are things assisted living facilities can provide that likely would not be available at home.

How big of a living area would you like? 

Obviously, if you live in a 3,000-square-foot home, moving to an assisted living facility is going to feel like downsizing. But that may not be a bad thing. Maintaining a home, doing all the cleaning (or paying someone to come weekly), climbing stairs, cooking meals (or paying someone to cook), doing the laundry, taking care of the lawn (or paying someone) can take its toll, particularly if you aren’t feeling well. 

Assisted living facilities like Savanna House have common areas that offer many or all of the things you’re accustomed to — as well as some added bonuses. And our floor plans range from 320-square-foot private studios all the way up to 919-square-foot two-bedroom apartments. 

How important is community?

While having a caregiver in your home is nice, if you don’t have any other regular visitors, you may be missing the socializing and camaraderie you once had by getting out and seeing friends. You may even be depressed. 

Socialization among seniors has been linked to reduced stress, longer lifespan, better fitness, improved cardiovascular health, greater self-esteem, less anxiety and reduced risk for depression. We’ve also seen improvement in cognitive abilities and overall attitude.

If you’re thinking about moving to assisted living, you may be imagining sitting alone in a dreary room. There are much better options available. We recommend finding a facility that offers ample opportunities for socializing. At Savanna House, we have activities rooms, arts and crafts, a beauty salon/spa, courtyards, lounges, a movie theater, multipurpose rooms and multiple dining areas. 

Do you need memory care?

Alzheimer’s a terrible disease. Unfortunately, it will eventually require round-the-clock care.

According to, “In the early stages of the disease, families often choose home care so that their loved one can remain in familiar surroundings and enjoy as much independence as possible. As the disease progresses, however, residential care may be necessary to provide your loved one with the total care he or she will need.”

At Savanna House, we believe deeply in providing personalized care for each of our residents. This is especially true for our residents who are living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. We require our team, known as care partners, to continually complete extensive certified training to better support our residents living with memory loss.