Choose the Right Home for Proper Care of Your Elderly Loved One
Do you have elderly loved ones who are beginning to have trouble taking care of themselves? Many options are available to provide the help they need: elderly in home care, retirement homes, nurse visits, and living with their family. Knowing what is best for them can be hard, so you have to weigh all the options.
Consider Physical and Mental Needs
This important decision should be made by the entire family if possible, to get the most feedback, and to ensure everyone agrees on the course of action. Your elderly relative should be part of this process, and should be informed on new discussions and decisions.
You should sit down and ask some serious questions about the state of their health and their current ability to care for themselves:
- Are they still generally able to perform day-to-day functions, such as cooking and cleaning? What tasks cause them trouble?
- What health problems are beginning to appear, and how are those affecting their day-to-day lives?
- Are there elements in their home, such as stairs, which are beginning to pose a physical danger?
- What are their finances like? Can they pay for their own care, or will the family need to assist?
- How is their mental state and their memory? Are there signs of deterioration?
- What options are available in your area? Services such as elderly home care or on-call private nurses are unavailable in some areas.
Also, look at your own condition: physically, mentally, and financially. Challenges in this area can dictate some of your options.
Compare Your Care Options
Depending on the condition of your loved one, you could have several different options available.
- Finding more-appropriate housing. In many cases, a smaller home without stairs is all a physically-challenged elderly person needs to remain self-sufficient. You and your loved one may agree to find a home that is located close to family so help and companionship are more accessible.
- Moving them in with family. This choice is often the preferred option, because family members want to be able to take care of everything for their elderly loved ones. It may seem less expensive and more convenient, but it can take great mental and physical tolls on caregivers.
- Retirement villages. Less restrictive than traditional “nursing homes,” these function more like gated communities but have specialty services on-call 24/7. This expense of this housing option can be prohibitive.
- Full-care retirement homes. When loved ones have moved beyond being able to care for themselves, this full assisted-care environment could be the right choice for them.
- Elderly home care. This choice is often a good balance, bringing the level of care needed to allow loved ones to stay in their own homes. Professional home care providers can come to their homes to help manage medications, take them to doctor visits and to handle other types of tasks. This type of service can also be helpful for family caregivers who still work or just need some assistance with their elderly loved ones’ care.
Neighborly Home Care can help you provide your loved ones with in home elderly care, whether it is at their home or yours. Our caregivers are all certified nursing assistants, or they have received equivalent training and passed a nurse aid skills assessment test. Neighborly Home Care is a leading home care provider in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware County. To learn more, contact Neighborly Home Care today.
Next month, check back with us as we discuss “Moving your elderly loved one into your home.”