Most people will, at some time or another, have to make difficult choices about the long-term care of an elderly parent, grandparent or other relative. Sadly, as many people reach old age they lose the mental or physical faculties needed to live completely independently, and when this is the case it is vital that they get the help they need. When help and healthcare is needed on a daily or very regular basis, there are only a few options left to consider when it comes to their best interests.
What Are the Different Ways to Get Care for My Parent or Grandparent?
Essentially, when someone needs help with basic tasks like washing, using the bathroom, dressing and moving around the home, it is never wise for them to continue living alone without someone there a lot of the time. You therefore have the options of moving them into a residential care home or hospice, having a member of the family move in with them to care for them, having them move in with you or another relative, or getting a professional nurse or carer to look after them as needed.
These options all have different pros and cons. While moving them into a home may make sure they get the best care around the clock, this is usually the option they will be most resistant to as they feel it means losing their independence and having to live in a place with lots of other people. However, there may not be anyone in the family who can give up enough time to give them the care they need to to work and other commitments, and it may also be impractical for a family member to offer care for reasons of distance or living space.
Is a Home Carer the Right Option?
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For many people, in home care is a good choice. This is because it means that you get the peace of mind of knowing that your parent or grandparent is being looked after by a trained professional whose only objective in their work is to take care of their needs, and you don’t need to make too many sacrifices in your own life to make sure their well-being. It is also a preferred option for a lot of elderly people themselves, as it allows them to stay in their own home among their own things.
However, the main thing to consider is that unless you hire a live in carer, the in home aide won’t be there at all times. This means that it is only a viable option when your elderly relative is still mentally sound and physically able enough to spend time alone in their house. Cost can also be a consideration, however it will usually be cheaper than residential care. There are agencies all over the country that can provide trained aides so if this is something you would like to pursue you should get in touch with one that has good reviews in your area and talk about your requirements. Remember that while home care may be a good solution now, you will still need to monitor the situation and consider a residential option if health deteriorates.
Today’s feature writer, Jennifer Wesley, is a social worker and an active blogger. She likes to help others and her blogs usually include topics involving home care. She loves travelling and usually indulges in camping and trekking during weekends.