Care for seniors can mean different things and is done in different settings. There can also be a big difference in the amount and type of care needed.
Most people prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. It’s familiar to them and represents security. They know the neighborhood and where things are located. These things are important to them.
At times this isn’t possible. It could be that a person isn’t capable of taking care of themselves anymore. Perhaps a chronic health problem has worsened. Or a fall has resulted in a person’s temporary disability.
In those situations it’s possible to hire a home health aide who will come into the home and help the resident. The extent of help varies with the needs and capabilities of the individual.
Getting this type of help is a big decision. It should be given careful thought. What options are available in your community?
It’s a good idea to see first exactly what type of help is needed. It’s also important to assess the cost of different care options. You may think you know what the cost will be. It’s best though to get current accurate information.
What can you afford? You need to know that from the start. What will your insurance pay for? At first there may seem to be endless questions. That’s why research is needed.
Today a variety of care options are available. Your doctor as well as other professionals can help explain the different options to consider. A physical health assessment will probably be ordered at this time.
Periodic checkups and assessments from a doctor can help seniors know how they are doing with respect to mobility. Leg strength and balance are tested at these sessions. Assessing someone’s fall risk is extremely important when considering what type of care is necessary.
Can you get by if a home health aide comes in two or three times a week and helps with housekeeping tasks? Sometimes this is all a person needs. This is the least costly type of care.
Another option is to have a home health aide come in daily. Light housekeeping chores and meal preparation can help a person out a lot, especially if recovering from a fall. Eventually the senior will regain strength.
A live-in care worker may be a consideration when someone needs more than just the minimum assistance. This can be a wonderful help to someone who can’t do certain things anymore. It can ease someone’s anxiety.
A move to a care facility may be the best choice in some situations. This is only done after consultation with a doctor and family members.
Care facilities often have different levels of service. There may be an independent living section as well as an assisted living section. People in these designations might be mixed together or reside in separate wings.
If you talk about all these different options with a senior the person will most likely want to remain at home. This option should be investigated fully first.
Decades ago family members tended to live closer to each other. This simplified things greatly when it came to looking after senior relatives.
Care providers say they have to be flexible when it comes to their clients. There is no one single set way of helping seniors. The care provided often varies. One senior may need more help with basic activities like bathing and brushing teeth. Someone else may need help with balance. Because of this, care has to be tailored to each individual.
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