It is a challenge to take care of your parents if you work full time, live far away, or have young children. As your parents continue aging, you may find that you can’t provide the 24/7 care they need.
Even if you can visit them regularly and have help from caregivers, there comes the point where that may not be sufficient. Sometimes, this is due to a decline in their physical or cognitive function. As a result, adult children need to consider in-home care alternatives for their aging parents.
Signs That In-Home Care is Not Enough
If your elderly parent or loved one is no longer able to take care of themselves, this is a sign that they need extra help. If you aren’t sure if your elderly parent has gotten to this point, here are some signs to look for:
- They need help to eat, use the bathroom, stand, walk, or groom themselves
- Your parent doesn’t remember to eat, bath, or take care of other personal needs
- They put themselves in dangerous situations because they are confused
Your parents likely want to stay in their home for as long as possible. However, it isn’t always in their best interests. At home, they are more at risk for falls, have fewer opportunities to socialize, and may even forget to take their medicine.
In-Home Care Alternatives
If you choose to place your parents in assisted living, you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they are safe. They will also be well taken care of and receive help with the following:
- Using the bathroom
- Transferring between a bed and a chair
- Taking medications
- Doing laundry
- Managing chronic conditions
Assisted living residents can also enjoy a variety of social activities, including outings. Staff members arrange transportation for them to go to doctors’ appointments when necessary.
In memory care retirement communities, your loved ones will be secure. However, they will not lose their independence and can have a private studio.
Like assisted living, staff members check on residents and help them with all the needed activities and chores. Despite their memory problems, you will not need to worry about their safety and health.
High Acuity Care
Staff members monitor high acuity residents 24/7 and make sure that they have cared for all the residents’ needs. They live in open living spaces, such as a private studio or shared companion suite.
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