Sooner or later, all families must deal with the issue of aging parents and ensuring they receive the care they need as the years pass. A variety of options are available, including home care, assisted living and more comprehensive care for those with serious medical needs. Families must do a comprehensive assessment of the elder’s physical and emotional needs to provide the right degree of care, and they must also be ready to respond to changing needs as they occur.
Aging at Home
Recently, more focus has been put on finding ways to assist elders who wish to “age in place” in their own homes. Home health care services can provide caregivers who can help with household chores, transportation to doctor appointments and ensuring that the elder takes their medications as prescribed. Meals On Wheel service can provide hot, nutritious meals for elders who can no longer cook for themselves.
Senior Care Facilities
Some elders require a more interactive environment that puts them in contact with their peer group on a regular basis. In these cases, a group facility can be a better option, providing meals, laundry services, transportation for doctor visits and activities that help to promote a healthy body and mind. Individuals can choose from a range of care options for seniors, including independent living, assisted living that provides some daily care, memory care for those with dementia and skilled nursing care for seniors with medical issues.
Some facilities, like Mari de Villa, offer a private apartment and the ability to care for oneself, but also ensure that assistance is available if the senior ever needs it. Many of these residential centers are also attached to “step up” services as the resident ages and needs more comprehensive care.
For seniors who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, memory care can provide more intensive services. Caregivers have greater experience in handling dementia patients and understand the problems involved including wandering, mood changes and other issues. They can ensure that residents take needed medication, eat a healthy diet and maintain proper grooming.
If the senior has serious medical issues or can no longer walk, eat or care for themselves without aid, the skilled care facility can provide these services with experienced caregivers who have knowledge of these issues.
A wide variety of options are available to help with eldercare services to help with the growing number of older adults. If you understand parents’ needs and do a little research, you can find the right kind of care to help them thrive.