A Nursing Home is Not Your Only Option for Senior Care
Hey there! Wink Martini is back with more insights about life, old people… and martinis, of course! And today I want to talk to you about nursing homes. Right now, simply thinking about the possibility of my parents or myself ending up in a nursing home makes me want to mix up a strong martini and erase these thoughts from my mind. But a few years ago when I just started looking for help caring for my mom and pops, I thought a nursing home was my only option.
Well, at that time, it was the only option I knew of—mostly from watching TV and news. But now I’m wiser, because I’ve done a lot of research and talked to a lot of people in my quest for the ideal senior care solution for my parents. Here are some other options besides the nursing home that I found.
Adult Day Care
Remember when your parents used to drop you off at day care before work and pick you up in the afternoon? Those were some fun times! I might have been too young for martinis, but I recall being a lady’s man even at that tender age. Believe it or not, there are adult day care services in many communities that allow you to do just that—have someone look after your mom and pops while you work. This is a viable solution if your parents live with you and you are their primary caregiver. Adult day care will give you a peace of mind that your loved one is safe, nourished and entertained when you are not around.
Home Senior Care
Adult day care, although a helpful service, is a bit inconvenient. You have to drop off and pick up your loved one almost every day, which can be a challenge in itself if you are dealing with a wheelchair user. Why not have a caregiver come to your house instead? Whether your loved one lives with you or on their own, they could benefit from someone checking in on them on a consistent schedule. A visiting senior caregiver can help with a variety of chores and errands, from cleaning and grocery shopping to picking up meds and preparing nutritious meals.
But one of the most important benefits is companionship, especially if your mom or pops lives alone. If you ask me, that’s the kind of care I would want for myself to be able to age at home, get the chores done for me and have all the time in the world to look up new martini recipes. I hope my doctor still allows martinis at that age!
Retirement communities or senior apartments are mostly for active seniors who can live more or less independently. Unfortunately, “independent’ is not what I would call my mom and pops these days, so this was not a good solution in my case.
These communities offer small apartments that are fully equipped for senior living. They also provide meals and a variety of social events for the community members. If your loved one owns a large home they are simply unable to take care of, it may make sense to sell it and move into a retirement community instead. However, keep in mind that these communities don’t offer any kind of personalized care. Your loved on is on their own to make friends, find entertainment or receive medical care.
Assisted Living Communities
Assisted living communities are similar to retirement communities, but they also have on-staff caregivers. These caregivers can provide assistance with a number of daily activities from housekeeping to taking medications. Assisted living communities often consist of private apartments and are ideal for seniors who could use assistance with basic care needs, but who don’t require constant medical attention. This could have been a nice option for my mom and pops, but they were happy and content in their own home, and I didn’t want to force them to move. Besides, I would have to sell my entire collection of vintage martini glasses just to pay for one year of assisted living!
Residential Care Homes
These are regular homes converted into senior housing. Typically, between 10 and 20 seniors can reside in one home in private or semi-private rooms. There are common dining and entertainment areas, as well as live-in caregivers. Most of these homes don’t have a registered nurse on the premises at all times, but they can provide medical assistance to a certain degree, as well as hospice care. cheap car rental However, if your loved one requires close 24/7 monitoring of their worsening health or ongoing medical procedures, then a nursing home may be a better option for them after all.
These are the major senior care alternatives to a nursing home that I came across during my research. If you have any further questions or wonder if home care is the right solution for your loved one, give 2nd Family a call or contact us online.
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