February 10, 2022
Do You Have Aging Loved Ones in Need of Help? Consider These Options
When we’re young, we don’t think about aging. In fact, for the first couple of decades that we’re alive, time seems to go by fairly slowly, and our own mortality is barely an afterthought. But then one day we look in the mirror and realize that we’ve finally hit middle-age.
We all age, this is a given fact of life. But we all age differently. As such, not one of us knows how we’re going to react to age in our latter years, or if we’re going to require help. And this is an issue that many families face in life.
If you have aging loved ones and you’re beginning to realize that they may need help with care in their old age, it’s time to have a serious conversation.
Here, we’ll explore a few options that you’ll want to consider if you have aging loved ones in need of care.
Aging in Place
One of the preferred methods for most elderly citizens is to age in place. And rightfully so, because this is the most comfortable way to live out your golden years: in the comfort of your own home that you’ve worked so hard for all your life.
Aging in place is often facilitated by nearby help from family members or close friends who are able to help when called. As such, if your aging loved ones do need some level of care, aging in place may not be possible unless nearby help is readily available.
For the most part, elderly citizens who can still move around with ease and who don’t have any complicated medical issues are best suited for aging in place. But even those with mild medical conditions can age in place as long as nearby assistance is available.
Though commonly confused with a traditional nursing home, assisted living programs are actually residential centers with 24/7 care provided. But services vary from facility to facility.
Assisted living centers provide personalized care in a residential setting. And often, the residents are encouraged to bring items from home such as furniture and other aesthetics so that they feel at home.
The difference between nursing home care and assisted living is that those in nursing homes often require a higher level of long-term care. But with assisted living, a resident has access to services such as medication management, grooming, bathing, housekeeping, meals, and even transportation services.
If you feel that your loved one could benefit greater from an assisted living program than what could be provided while aging in place, having a conversion about this option might be a great strategy going forward.
As mentioned, nursing homes provide a higher level of care usually on a long-term basis. And in most nursing homes, residents remain under close observation by appointed staff. Though there are some instances where inadequate care has been given, many facilities are considered safe.
Nursing homes are often the last resort when it comes to considering long-term care for a loved one. And this often occurs because finances can’t cover at-home or hospice care, or if no family members are able to provide care.
Entering a nursing home can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. And this is why it’s important to discuss your options with your loved ones to ensure that the best decision is made regarding long-term care.
Additionally, nursing home facilities are typically licensed by Medicare, and some may also be focused on short-term rehabilitation as well. So it’s important to know what services a nursing care facility provides before making any decisions.
Deciding what’s best for an aging loved one is a huge decision to make. But these decisions are best made with the support of all available daily members and by following professional medical recommendations.