For families faced with caring for an elderly member, home health care may be a better option when that family member requires more assistance on a daily basis. This is especially true when the elderly family member doesn’t want to live with other family members and prefers to remain in their home.
However, if the condition of the elderly loved one requires around the clock monitoring and medical attention, a long-term care facility may be the wiser choice. It can be very difficult when families are faced with a choice between getting assisted living or sending their elderly loved one to a nursing home facility. To help determine which option is best, the following tips may serve as a useful guideline:
When to Choose Home Health Care
Home health care may be the most appropriate option if the elderly family member is still relatively independent but just needs a little bit of help doing certain things around the home, such as cooking and cleaning. As mentioned, many elderly people prefer to live in their own home, so if this is their wish, it’s good to respect it, if possible. Also, if the elderly person qualifies for assisted living by the state Health Services organization, this can alleviate some of the burdens on the family.
When to Choose a Nursing Home or Long Term Care Facility
A nursing home or long-term care facility may be a better option in those cases when the family member requires around-the-clock supervision or specialized medical care and the other family members are unable to provide this at home due to work or other conflicts. Some elderly people prefer living in a nursing home for the companionship of their peers. However, a full medical assessment should be carried out before determining that an elderly family member is unable to live alone.
If the family realizes that their loved one is not getting the best care possible at home, or is disabled by disease and old age, the health and safety of the elderly family member should always come first when choosing the most comfortable and viable arrangement for everyone involved.