Alternatives to Nursing Homes

When it comes to deciding which long term care route is best for your elder and their particular state of health, many become overwhelmed. This is a hard decision to make for anyone. When making the decision about long term care, many assume a nursing home is the best option but there are many other possibilities. Some of these possibilities are as followed:

  • Community Services. If your elder needs minimal help with personal care and/or activities, many communities offer services such as transportation and assistance shopping, meals-on-wheels, adult day care, etc. Services offered will vary based on location but this is a good option for those who are not dependent on another person’s help throughout the day.
  • In-home care. If your elder needs assistance with every day activities such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, you can get them help around the house. You can start by asking family members or friends if they have days that are free where they can care for them. If not, you can arrange for other caretakers to come each day to help around the house. This is preferred by a lot of elders who cannot care for themselves because it allows them to stay in their home rather than in a nursing home.
  • Assisted living facilities. These types of facilities are designed for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own for their own safety but do not require the high level of care provided in a nursing home. They provide assistance with medications and daily living activities. Each elder has their own room or apartment set up but can eat meals among other residents. Each of these living facilities may offer different services so it is important to find one that fits their needs.
  • Hospice care. When a person is terminally ill, this provides them with comfort-not a cure for their disease. Medical professionals will care for the sick as well as counsel the family as they cope with what is happening.

It’s critical to learn about all of the possible options for senior care. This article is a good reference for you to get a good background knowledge about the many possibilities.