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In Home Care vs Memory Care

In Home Care vs Memory Care

Husky Senior Care and Longhouse provide a household ecosystem for seniors. With us, a senior can either stay in his/her home OR move into one of our assisted living households. I spent 25 years working in senior housing, including memory care, and in-home care, and founded both in-home care and memory care household companies. 

I am often asked, "What are the pros and cons of staying at home versus moving to a memory care facility?" Based on watching seniors choose both options over the last 20 years, here is the analysis:

Pros of choosing In Home Care vs Memory Care Facility:

  • Seniors maintain the familiar home environment, personal habits, relationships, and routines that they have spent a lifetime building.
  • Seniors live at their own pace and are not rushed as they are in a facility. Dementia and time pressure do not go well together!
  • Seniors live around an attentive adult for conversation and companionship. Many seniors with dementia are very functional, social, and are accustomed to elevated society and conversation. Moving into a facility with 20 strangers at varying stages of dementia is a shock to them.
  • The anxiety level and chance of emotional outbursts drops dramatically when seniors stay home. Imagine taking your grandma with short term memory loss and moving her out her home of 40 years. She knew where everything is instinctively and now, she doesn't. Add the time pressure and you get outbursts and anxiety that is unnecessary.

Cons of choosing In Home Care over a Memory Care Facility:

  • 24/7 Live-In Care may cost about $5000 more per month than a Memory Care Facility.
  • Our memory care households provide more staffing intensity, both caregiver and nursing, than you would find with in-home care. Many seniors don't need this, but some do.

The Bottom Line

If you can afford it, in home care is a wonderful long-term solution for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. If you can't, choose a memory care option like Longhouse ( that offers a household model. The household models offer many of the same strengths as staying at home, while providing more nursing care.

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