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November is National Home Care and Hospice Month around the US, and this is a time of year that’s ideal for considering many home care and hospice professionals and the benefits they offer to seniors and other patients. Just like caregivers who work in assisted living or other specific senior facilities, home care and hospice professionals are devoted to the well-being of their patients – and their contributions deserve to be honored.
At Cozy Retire, while we primarily offer programs like assisted living and senior living in our communities around Kaysville, Ogden, Layton and nearby areas, our professional caregivers share many traits with home care and hospice professionals – and there’s a major sense of mutual appreciation there. Here are some basics on what home care and hospice professionals do, how these services compare to living communities like ours, and which option might be best for you or a loved one.
What Home Care and Hospice Professionals Do
For starters, home care and hospice professionals are medical caregivers who provide assistance to people in their own homes (rather than at a facility). This can include help with activities like bathing, dressing or even light housekeeping; it can also involve basic medical tasks, including administering medication.
Hospice tends to focus on end-of-life care for those with terminal illnesses. While home care services can be used by people of all ages, hospice care is specifically for those who are nearing the end of their lives. Hospice professionals provide emotional support and comfort to patients and their families during this difficult time.
Comparing Home Care and Hospice to Assisted Living
Assisted living communities like Cozy Retire offer seniors a setting that’s safe, supportive, and private. Our residents get personal care from staff members (like help with activities of daily living), but we’re also big on helping seniors maintain their independence, make friends and stay socially involved. We offer an array of recreational activities – like book clubs or exercise classes – to help nurture that social aspect.
Home care is great in its own way, as it lets the patient stay in their own home. Home care is also generally more affordable than assisted living, allowing individuals to save money while receiving the care they need.
Which Option is Best?
Deciding between home care and assisted living depends on a variety of factors, including the individual’s needs, preferences and budget. Some seniors may prefer the comfort and familiarity of their own home, while others may thrive in a social community setting. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully and discuss with loved ones before making a decision.
For hospice, on the other hand, it’s important to have open and honest discussions with loved ones about end-of-life care wishes. Hospice professionals can provide guidance and support during this difficult time and ensure the patient receives the quality care they deserve.
Overall, home care, assisted living, and hospice all offer unique benefits for seniors in need of care. During National Home Care and Hospice Month (and all months, really), our team at Cozy Retire takes our collective hat off to these dedicated professionals who make such a positive impact on the lives of their patients. So whether you choose home care, assisted living, or hospice care for yourself or a loved one, know that there are compassionate and skilled professionals ready to support and honor your journey – and contact us if you need assistance.