If your elderly loved one is struggling to take care of themselves, your family might consider getting them assistance. Many people will first think of a nursing home as a good option for their parent or elderly family member. While for many a nursing home is a good option, it is not the only option available to your family. Your family should consider all nursing home alternatives to find the right fit for your loved one. You can learn more about nursing home alternatives here.
Adult Day Care and Senior Centers
If you are the primary caregiver for your elderly loved one, and that situation is mostly working out, an adult day care or senior center might be a good option. This is because it will provide some assistance for your loved one while you are at work. This will give you a break from caretaking and you will have the peace of mind that your loved one is being looked after. Adult day cares and senior centers provide physical, emotional, and social assistance for those who need some assistance, while helping them maintain their self-sufficiency.
Home Health Aide
A home health aide is a popular option for elderly people who are no longer fully self-sufficient, but who do not need nursing home care. Home health aides generally do not live with their clients, but they provide care for large parts of the day. They can help with everyday tasks, such as cleaning the house, cooking meals for your elderly loved one, reminding them to take their medication, and helping them with basic grooming tasks. If your loved one has medical needs, you can find a home health aide who can provide medical assistance. This is a good option if your loved one wants to stay in their own home, but needs a little bit of help to do so. If your loved one needs even more help, you can hire a live in aide to make sure that someone is with your loved one at all times.
Assisted Living Facility
An assisted living facility is a happy medium between a nursing home and care within an elderly person’s home. Such places are oftentimes large facilities that almost act like a college campus. Your loved one can move into a unit in the facility and maintain a lot of their self-sufficiency while getting help with some aspects of life. Your loved one can get help with everyday tasks and medical needs, as they would in a nursing home, but they will likely be able to live in their own unit and do things like cook and clean if they want to. Assisted living facilities also provide social opportunities to help maintain your loved one’s emotional help.
Finding the Right Facility
These are just a few examples of common alternatives to nursing homes. If you would like to discuss which option might be best for your loved one, you can contact my office. I am happy to discuss these options and others in more detail. Call me at 203-208-3065 for more information.