When your loved one starts having trouble, it’s time for a difficult decision. Yet there may be more options than you’re considering.
Many more are choosing not to go into skilled care, and are instead choosing to remain at home. Aging in place is a growing field, and it’s all about keeping someone in a place where they’ve always felt happy and secure.
If you’re in the decision-making process, there are two kinds of care: in home care, and the care you can only receive by leaving your home.
With in home care, you can receive all types of care:
- Home care
- Recovery care
- Respite care
- Home health care
- Hospice care
Outside of the home, you also have different choices:
- Senior living
- Assisted living
- Nursing home
- Respite care
The two cross over a bit. It some cases the care is similar. And in other cases, the two can’t be further apart. Where do you start? How do you know which type of care is best for your loved one?
What if my loved one is healthy, yet I’ve noticed certain failures at home?
That’s always the first stages of trying to decide what’s next. Maybe they aren’t paying the bills on time. Or the refrigerator is bare and you aren’t sure if they’re eating properly. Or maybe the prescription bottle has more pills in it than it should – are they taking their medicines on time?
Home care is perfect for these issues. Home care isn’t about medical treatment. Instead, it’s about bringing someone in for the little tasks that are being left by the wayside. They’re personal in nature – think of it as hiring a personal assistant to ensure the most important things get done.
What if it’s a bigger challenge – my mom has bigger problems and needs regular check-ins?
That’s when many turn to assisted living. But imagine all of a sudden you have to leave the place you’ve called home. You’re still able to do certain things – have lunch with friends, clean the house, maybe even drive. And suddenly your kids want you to move to assisted living – that’s a difficult process at best.
In home care can provide the care you need for peace of mind, while leaving your mom in a place she’s most comfortable. Plus an in home care assistant is also a way to introduce human connection on a regular basis. This can be especially important if your mom has had to give up some activities because of her health.
What if my parents are at different stages, and you can’t find a facility that will take them both?
Imagine being married for fifty, sixty years. You’ve always been side by side, and suddenly you’re told you’ll have to sleep in different bedrooms, possibly be in different facilities. How devastating will that be to both?
In home care means they can stay together. They can enjoy each others company in a place they’ve called home. They can each receive the level of care they need, personalized to help them stay together.
Need more? Want a better understanding of what in home care can do for your family? Set up an initial consultation today, and let’s talk about what in home care can do for you.