One of the most difficult things you can hear in the hospital is that your loved one will need long term care. And they usually make the announcement hours before they release her.
What do you do?
Where can you loved one go?
How will they survive?
How will YOU survive?
It’s not just their lives that are turned completely upside down; yours too.
For many, the only thing that comes to mind is a facility. Assisted living, nursing care, it’s the only option that makes sense. Because when you’re in the throes of chaos, your mind flips to the things being talked about in the news. And both assisted living and nursing care receive a lot of press.
While both may work in some situations, let’s look at a few things you’ll have to navigate.
First is finding an open facility. It’s no secret the population is aging. Senior centers are being built as rapidly as possible. Yet when you need a facility in days or even a matter of hours, you’re left with taking what’s available. And for the most part, that means accepting whatever skill set they have on hand, whether it matches your needs or not. You don’t have time to ask questions like:
- Will she have a roommate?
- What will she do if her roommate blasts the TV late into the night?
- Will she get to select her foods?
- Who is responsible for laundry?
- Who will change the linens on her bed?
- How will her therapy be integrated into her days?
And that’s just for a start.
Very quickly, people start to realize that situations can move from bad to worse. Instead of hoping for recovery or at least leveling off, you end up with more fighting as you navigate an overcrowded situation where your loved one will never have priority.
Another option is in-home care.
We all have the desire to be comfortable, safe, and warm in our own homes. It’s familiar territory. It’s a place where we hold strong memories. And it’s a viable option in most situations.
In-home care can provide care for a few hours a week or twenty-four hours of the day. It’s personalized, one on one care based on all of your needs.
That means you don’t have to ask the tough questions you don’t even know exist. You can put the focus where it belongs.
How can we help you?