Though independent living communities can provide more freedom than other senior care options, they do not provide on-site medical care. That being said, sometimes individuals who live in these communities are very comfortable and do not want to leave when medical situations arise or progress in severity. When this occurs, home health care can be a solution. Home health care involves a medical professional, usually a nurse under the direction of a physician, that comes to your place of residence and administers care. Depending on your medical situation, home health care may be the best solution for you to stay at your current house or apartment. It is important to remember that most home health providers are not on site 24 hours a day, and if they do, it can be very costly. So, if your condition requires around the clock care, it may be time to consider an assisted living facility, so you or your loved are medically safe.