Taking Care Of Older Family Members

There may come a time when your older relatives are no longer physically or mentally capable of taking care of themselves. When this time comes, family members must decide how to assure their safety and wellbeing. Several care options available; choosing the right one can depend on a number of factors. Your options range from admitting them to a long-term care facility, moving them into your home, or using a professional home care service such as Visiting Angels in NJ.  Only you and your family can decide which one is right for your situation.

Long-Term Care Facilities
If your relative requires much care around-the-clock, long-term care facilities may be viable options. These facilities include skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, among others. Taking care of a person with a high degree of physical needs requires full-time care and physical stamina, so if you have a busy schedule, are not able to physically care for your loved one, or live out-of-town, placing your loved one in a facility may be an appropriate route to consider. Because facilities typically have a low aide-to-patient ratio, bear in mind that your loved one will not receive consistent one-on-one care in a facility setting.

Have Them Stay With You
If you have or can create additional space in your home, having your relative live with you is another option. Talk with your family before making this particular decision, as having an additional person in the home will affect everyone. It will be a loving team effort taking care of this new resident when they require care and attention. Your loved one may be resistant to this option, as they may feel they are giving up their independence, along with leaving behind the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

Senior Home Care
Hiring a senior home care service, such as Visiting Angels in NJ, can be a great compromise between admitting them to a facility and having them live in your home. Your relative, who may be strongly opposed to moving, can stay in their own home while having their needs attended to. They will retain their independence while receiving one-on-one compassionate care. Professional, licensed, and certified home care aides help with grooming, bathing, dressing, walking assistance, preparing meals, reminding them to take medications, shopping, running errands, taking care of pets, housekeeping, and more. Another important option to keep in mind—these aides can also work in a facility or in a multi-generational home—providing assistance wherever your loved one calls “home.”

Making the decision of where your older loved ones will live long-term isn’t always easy or clear-cut. It’s best to carefully evaluate, weigh the pros and cons of each option, and develop a plan before a crisis happens.

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