As a son or daughter, the last thing you want to think about is that your parents are getting older. It can feel like an overwhelming and sensitive issue. You may even feel uneasy about the subject because you are afraid of making your parents feel uncomfortable. But by thinking about how your parents are aging and what care is available, you are in fact protecting the loved ones that you were so worried about upsetting.So there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that there are a variety of different care options available to you and your loved ones. The bad news? Sometimes navigating through these resources and finding the option that best fits your family’s wants and needs can be tricky.
We’re here to help you find the path that’s right for you.
In-Home Care (non-medical care)
Almost 90% of the senior population, if given the choice, wish to stay in their own homes as they age, according to American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). This is what we refer to as “aging in place”. Even if occasional assistance is needed, most would still prefer to stay in their homes.
In-home care is a service in which caregivers will come into your home to assist with activities of daily living (ADL’s) providing personal care for grooming, dressing, bathing, etc. It may also include light housekeeping, grocery shopping, and meal preparation. Caregivers who provide these services are also referred to as personal care assistants.
Home Health Agencies (medical care)
Home health agencies provide medical care in your home, like a Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). A doctor may suggest home healthcare when someone needs help recovering from an illness, surgery, an accident or coming out of a rehab. It’s an option when your loved one is not ill enough to be in a hospital but is not yet well enough to be home alone.
Independent Living or Retirement Communities
Independent living or retirement communities tend to look and function like apartment complexes with features such as housekeeping, fitness programs, communal meals and other services to supplement and simplify life for those looking to downsize.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s)
Continuing care retirement communities offer a variety of housing options that support various phases of life. From independent living, to assisted living, to skilled nursing, they allow those that live there to age in a single community without having to relocate as their needs change.
Assisted living communities specialize in providing care, supervision and socialization. They offer services like planned activities, housekeeping and laundry, transportation (both medical and social), meals, exercise and wellness programs. Although assisted Living communities do offer limited medical assistance, they are not and do not offer skilled nursing.
Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, provide care to those with illnesses requiring full-time medical care and supervision.
Every person has different wants and needs. What’s right for your spouse’s parents may not be what’s right for yours. Research the options available in your community and remember to keep your loved one at the center of the plan.
Financial ability or limitations may also play a big role in the path that is chosen, but it’s still important to weigh all your options in making the best possible choice.
Need more help navigating community resources? Contact us at email@example.com or call (603) 228-9680 and ask for Information & Referral. Erica and Kim are happy to help you find the right care for your loved one.