Knowing when to choose between home care and a nursing facility is, without a doubt, challenging. Maintaining independence and staying in the home is the aim for many elderly with and without disabilities. It’s easy to understand why this is a goal since most people are more at ease in their own place. Staying in the home as long as possible ensures the freedom and comfort to which senior citizens have grown accustom.
Oftentimes, the family will rally around the elder family member who wants to maintain independence by staying in the home. If your family is fortunate this might be a possibility, but the reality for many is that this is not possible. Arranging around-the-clock care is difficult.
Unfortunately, many seniors have to eventually come to the reality that staying at home is no longer possible. This becomes evident when everyday tasks become very difficult. Cooking and cleaning cannot be done safely. Personal hygiene becomes complicated and even dangerous with slick bathroom surfaces.
Around-the-clock home care is an option, but even this presents challenges. The in-home support or caregiver can become over worked and overwhelmed. Standard homes are not designed for this type of care and can present dangerous obstacles for home staff.
When caring for someone at home becomes too difficult, nursing homes are a good alternative. Constant care is provided by the staff that’s usually trained and certified. Well-balanced dishes are prepared for each meal. Activities designed to stimulate the mind are carried out daily.
As mentioned before, the staff is typically certified and trained, which minimizes injury and risk to residents. However, the facilities are also designed with caregiving in mind. This also minimizes potential injuries and difficulties presented by the design of a residential home. Medications are also safely administered by trained staff.
If you’re overwhelmed by the care needed by an elderly family member, you can find help. It’s important to help seniors maintain independence, but not at the cost of their health. When that time comes, sometimes home care is just not enough.