If you have a parent or grandparent who is currently living on his or her own but may now need additional support as certain tasks become more difficult, there other options beyond the traditional nursing home which may be best for your loved one.
Among the most prominent of these possibilities is relocation to an assisted living residence or the implementation of applied home healthcare. The specific arrangement you choose with your elderly family member will of course depend on his or her specific needs. In either case, you will have already come to the conclusion that full time and intensive medical care provided at a nursing home is not necessary, due to the loved ones overall level of independence and functionality.
You may decide collectively that assistance living homes are the best approach because they can provide supervision in specific tasks including eating, dressing, and showering without needing to offer healthcare services on a frequent basis. There is always a staff member on duty to assist if needed, but their presence is never overbearing or domineering. In this way those who choose to live in assisted living apartments can live in the comfort and privacy of their own space while benefiting from the added security of assisted living professionals.
If your family member does not need regular help for basic tasks like the ones mentioned above, but does require assistance in periodically taking medications, engaging in physical rehabilitation exercises, or the administration of shots, the care of a home healthcare aide may be more appropriate. This arrangement allows the person to continue to live in their own home while receiving quality home healthcare services that they might have previously only had access to in a nursing home.
Whether the final decision is made in favor of home healthcare or assistance living homes, the most important thing is that your family member is happy,safe, and comfortable with the new arrangement. Read this for more.