by Ron Burg
It can be really hard to make a decision about the living situation of an aging parent or loved one. Most people are going to want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, but sometimes that just isn’t best for the situation. It is very subjective, and it depends on the individual scenario. If you are in the position that you need to make a decision on what to do about care for your aging loved one, consider the following before you decide:
Questions You Need to Ask First – 1. Do they live alone? 2. Is there a way to improve their quality at home? 3. Is there someone that could move in or that they could move in with? 4. Do they need someone to prepare their meals? 5. Do they need medication reminders? 6. Do they need regular medical care? 7. What does your loved one want to do?
It is important that you consider what your loved one wants to do. After all, it is their life that is going to change. If they don’t want to move into an assisted living home, don’t make them. If they do want to move into an assisted living home, let them. Their wishes should always be at the front of the decision, as long as they are of sound mind.
Assisted Living – Assisted living can be a good decision for those who need a little more assistance on a regular basis. The staff at the assisted living facility is going to interact with the residents multiple times a day, and they will learn their routines. The good thing about an assisted living home is that someone can be there within seconds if something were to go wrong. This is especially important for those senior that have chronic conditions.
In Home Care – There are benefits for at home care. It allows your loved one to continue living independently, but can also provide services if you need them, and it can help give you peace of mind. In home care is a good option for seniors who follow a consistent schedule and just need minor help. Say your parent needs help preparing lunch and maybe taking a bath afterward. An aide can come in during that time and help them out on a scheduled basis. This is a really helpful thing if there are other family members who provide most of the support, but who need a break sometimes.