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What is the Difference Between Assisted Living And Home Care?

If you have a parent or loved one who needs assistance with their daily life, you’ve likely begun to explore senior living options. Naturally, you want to find an option that allows them to get the support they need but also helps them thrive. Do you keep them in their existing home and bring in home care or do you move them into an assisted living community like Clark where they have an entire team to provide the daily support they need? Every situation is unique and there is no one-fits-all solution. In this blog post, we explore the differences and benefits of assisted living and home care so you can better determine the ideal option for your family.

What is Assisted Living

For many people, living alone can be a challenge, especially if they feel isolated or need a little extra help. Assisted Living is a great option for older adults who need some level of help with their daily activities—things like cooking, cleaning, laundry, personal care, and medication management. Assisted Living at Clark offers a home-like environment where your loved one can remain as independent as possible, while also staying safe, secure and cared for. Residents receive exceptional care and support from our compassionate team, and are part of a thriving community where neighbors become as close as family. 

At Clark, our incredible Life Enrichment Team, comprised of experienced Recreational Therapists, focuses on improving residents’ quality of life through recreational therapy as well as meaningful and purposeful activities. Activities are person-centered and take into account the interests, hobbies and past careers of the individual while also addressing their physical, social, cognitive, and spiritual needs. These activities also provide ways for residents to socialize and meet people with common interests.

Benefits of Assisted Living at Clark:

  • A compassionate and experienced team providing 24-hour care
  • Safe environment including emergency response system
  • Spaces designed around the unique needs older adults
  • Specialized memory care 
  • Nutritious daily meals prepared by executive chef and enjoyed with neighbors
  • Daily life enriching activities – both group and individual
  • Opportunities to socialize and meet new people
  • Community where neighbors feel like family
  • Continuum of care onsite
  • Spiritual care
  • You don’t have to worry about the day-to-day schedule for your loved one. It’s all handled by Clark’s team.

What is Home Care

When a loved one is struggling with daily life, home care is often the first option considered. Home care brings all the professional support services directly into your loved one’s existing home. Services may include help with personal care, medication management, cleaning, meal preparation and companionship as well as addressing any health needs like therapy, rehabilitative services and health monitoring. While home care offers some companionship, it doesn’t have the community component nor does it provide daily life enriching activities. Home care allows your loved one to remain within their home which brings great comfort. You’ll need to consider the costs and logistics of retrofitting their existing home for them to safely remain there. Another consideration is that a family member will need to coordinate and oversee at least some of the home care services.

Benefits of Home Care:

  • The comfort of your loved one’s existing home
  • Retrofit existing home so that it is safer
  • Convenience of all services brought into home
  • Personalized care and one-on-one attention
  • Pet ownership – if your loved one already has a pet they can still be cared for in their existing home

Home Care at Clark

In addition to assisted living at Clark, we also offer home care for our Independent Living residents. We partner with Atrio for residents who want to stay within their independent living homes but need some extra assistance with things like personal care, light house work, meal preparation and more. The Atrio team of nurses, therapists, and specialists provide best in class support and services when and where they are needed. 

Talk with a Senior Living Advisor

If you think your loved one could benefit from Assisted Living or Memory Care at Clark, talk with one of our Senior Living Advisors at or 616-278-6520 or fill out the form below to schedule a personalized consultation to discuss your loved one’s situation and see if Clark is the right fit.

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