Finding the right assisted living option for an elderly relative can often be very difficult because of the many options to choose from, all of which are able to offer their own set of benefits. Listed below are just a few of the assisted living options to consider.
A senior community is a great way to ensure that your relative gets assistance when need but can still retain his or her sense of independence. For example, in this situation, your elderly relative will have their own private house or condo, but all of the yard work and repairs to the home will be handled by the staff. The only real time that the staff will interfere with your relative is to ensure that he or she is taking any required medication and to make sure that no accidents have occurred in the home.
A nursing home is a good choice for an elderly relative that needs a lot of supervision. For example, if your elderly relative suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's, the nursing home staff will be able to keep an eye on him or her in order to keep him or her from wandering off and to ensure that he or she is always taking his or her medication on time.
In addition, this option will provide around-the-clock assistance in the event of a medical emergency. In the event of an emergency, the staff will often know basic first-aid and care in order to keep your elderly relative stable and safe until the ambulance can arrive and transport him or her to the hospital.
In-home assisted living services are one of the most versatile and potentially cost-effect options available. One reason for this is that in-home assisted can be tailored to your elderly relative's exact needs.
For example, you can choose to have in-home care provided 24 hours a day if you live in another state or are deployed in the military and are unable to provide a portion of the care yourself. If you can be there at least some of the time, you can save a bit of money by requesting that the in-home caregiver only shows up during those days or hours in which you have to be at work.
Contact the assisted living services and communities in your area today (such as Hillcrest Assisted Living) in order to discuss if they would be the best fit for your budget and your elderly relative's needs. Fully independent senior communities, nursing homes, and in-home care providers are all great ways to ensure that your elderly relative has the necessary care.
Sometimes things don't work out as we have planned them to. Instead of being able to take care of your aging parent in your home for several years, it may prove to be more difficult than you first thought. I brought my mother to live with my family hoping to enjoy her final years with her, but it didn't work out well for any of us. I wasn't able to care for her the way that she deserved to be cared for. Our blog will provide you with information about making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home.