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Choosing the Right Kind of Care for an Elderly Relative

Choosing the Right Kind of Care for an Elderly Relative

When it comes to getting old, there are plenty of things that change. Both mental and physical health deteriorates as we get older, which often means we need additional help. If you’ve got an elderly relative who may soon be in this position, it can be confusing to know what to do. You want them to be able to get older with a certain amount of dignity, and of course, you want them to be both comfortable and safe.

For an increasing number of seniors, staying at home is something they much prefer to do. It’s the most obvious option if they are functional in all activities of daily living (ADL). If they have no problems getting around their home, independent living is often the best solution. Even if an older adult needs a certain level of care, it is possible for them to stay in their own home. For example, there is a range of in-home care services available.

In-Home Care

In-home care is the type of care a person can receive while still living in their own home. It includes:

  • Home Care: A senior care service, such as, is a non-medical service and delivered in a person’s home. It provides help with ADL as well as activities such as preparing meals, light housekeeping, and other household chores.
  • Recovery Care: This option is similar to home care but only provided on a temporary basis.
  • Respite Care: This provides care when the usual caregivers are unavailable. It might be because they’re taking a break from their caring duties, such as a child that needs to take a break from caring for a parent.
  • Home Health Care: Provides nursing care such as changing bandages, administering medication, intravenous treatment or nutrition and other interventions that are usually provided in a nursing home.
  • Hospice and Palliative Care: A specialist type of care for those who are suffering from a terminal illness or are nearing the end of their life. It tends to be a combination of home care and home health care.

Care Outside of the Home

It’s not always possible for an older adult to remain in their home. In such circumstances, you need to consider the following care options.

  • Senior Living: Housing that’s designed specifically for seniors, for those who don’t want to live alone. Life tends to be easier in these retirement communities although no home care services are provided.
  • Assisted Living: Room and board are provided together with some ADL assistance.
  • Respite Care: If a caregiver needs to take a rest from their duties, a senior can get temporary care in assisted living facilities or nursing homes.  
  • Concierge Care: This is a service that can be provided in an elder care facility.
  • Nursing Home: More complex medical assistance is provided in this type of care facility, along with direct support for a range of patient health problems.  
  • Hospice: Care of this kind is provided when an older adult is reaching the end of their life.

As you can see, there are many different options for the care of an elderly relative. Which you choose depends on the level of care required, your own personal circumstances and your budget.  

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