It’s one of the most common request an adult child will hear from a parent: I never want to end up in a facility, I want to stay at home.
Yet when parents’ health begins to fail, and the worry begins causing problems in a variety of ways, adult children often feel the only option is to move a parent to a facility, where they know they will be kept safe, and they can have peace of mind.
But is it always the best choice?
There’s no denying that Baby Boomers are changing the approach to aging. And with that, we are also changing our concept of what it means to slow down. Staying at home, no matter what type of healthcare is needed, can provide a lot more freedom and flexibility to both an aging parent, and to you, a child worried about safety and security.
Maybe the best choice truly is keeping them at home.
Staying in the home allows for maximum freedom. Remaining at home allows a person to engage in daily routines they are accustomed to, provides a less restrictive environment, and allows a person to receive only the care they truly need. [Read more…]