Some of the pressure associated with talking to a loved one or parent about senior care can be alleviated by starting that conversation early. Here are some things to consider about home care or senior housing.
Finances. What is your loved one’s budget? What’s your budget? Depending on the choice of care, can everyone live comfortably on that amount of money?
Care needs. Does your loved one or parent have a medical condition that requires constant attention, such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s? What level of care do they require now? In the future?
Socialization. In most cases, people do not enjoy being alone. Consider what kind of social activities your loved one needs or wants–whether organized or simply the ability to chat with a neighbor.
Accessibility. Your loved one will need access to things around the house and around the community. From getting to the store to making it to the hospital, pulling weeds to climbing out of the bath, location and access are major issues to consider.
There is a wide array of senior care options to choose from, but not all offer the same services. Two common forms of elder care include in-home care and senior housing.
The benefits of in-home care
The biggest selling point of in-home care is your loved one can remain in the most comfortable place they know: their own home. Non-medical home care services can assist your loved one with daily living activities such as toileting, eating, bathing, and dressing. If your loved one requires medical care, home health services are available from licensed medical professionals.
The advantages of senior housing
Options in senior housing include assisted living facilities, retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, and continuing care retirement communities. There is a housing option to fit almost every situation and need. The varying types of senior accommodations make it possible to find the right fit and level of care for your elder’s needs.