Recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and no longer able to drive herself, Jean found time running away from her and overseeing a household quickly became overwhelming.
She had just turned 85 when her daughters, Cathy, and Donalyn, sat her down to lunch and spoke to her about the idea of in-home assistance. She already had a housecleaner that came every two weeks, but her daughters gently pointed out that she needed daily assistance in keeping track of medications, bills, laundry and other general tasks. Due to their busy schedules, both daughters were unable to assist her full time and wanted to maintain her quality of life.
After a lengthy discussion, they decided an in-home caregiver was the first step to making the house more manageable. A few years later they transitioned her to an Assisting Living facility, as she eased into her new lifestyle that she continues enjoy today.
Have you heard a story like this before? Aging is a part of life, but it can be handled with grace and dignity.
Many family members may wonder when it’s time to transition the elders in their family from living independently to in-home care or an assisted living facility. Even the term “assisted living” can seem cold, distant and foreign to those facing this transition. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Educating the client, partnering with them in their journey and effectively communicating needs and expectations can assist in helping everyone understand the benefits of assisted living both in-home and through a care facility.
At first, this decision may seem daunting. After years of living independently it can be difficult to give up perceived control. When a client receives a diagnosis or their health deteriorates, managing the numerous daily tasks slowly eats away their freedom to live abundantly. By hiring an in-home caregiver, family members can be assured their loved one’s are well taken care of while the clients gain more freedom to enjoy their lives.
There are different levels of assistance that an in-home care provider can assist with.
Cooking healthy meals safely can be an issue as our family members age. In-home caregivers can assist with the daily meal preparation that allows for healthy, regular meals within the safety and comfort of their own home.
As we become older, simple tasks can take a longer time, or just become impossible. An in-home caregiver can assist with light housekeeping, laundry, shopping, pet care and running household errands leaving your loved one the time to enjoy their day.
Personal care can deteriorate as we age which can open opportunities for injuries or infections. An in-home caregiver can assist with bathing, grooming, eating, toileting, exercise and administering medication.
We are social creatures by nature. An in-home care provider can be a listening ear, engage conversation and a caring heart while assisting with other duties around the house. They can also assist with escorting and driving their clients to the doctor, hairdresser, place of worship and recreational outings.
Hourly In-Home Care vs. Live-In Care
Hourly in-home care is arranged for different periods of time that can range based on needs, by a single caregiver. The caregiver will provide care and companionship within those hours while following the individual plan guidelines.
Live-in care is an option should there be reasonable living accommodations for the caregiver including being able to sleep through the night and regular breaks from work during the day. If your loved one needs this level of care, a more economical solution would be an Assisted Living Facility.
Assisted Living Facility
These facilities offer alternative housing for older adults who need assistance with personal care but do not require the intensive medical and nursing care provided by nursing homes. They offer a wide range of onsite services including social programs, in-house hairdressers, community style dining, recreational activities, libraries and off-site transportation.
When moving a client to a board and care facility, we carefully screens each Assisted Living Facility and tours them with the client with a thorough inspection before placing them. We also address the concerns of both the family as well as the client to make sure they have the level of service they need, and the comfort they deserve.
Contact Respect Your Elders today to discuss your specific needs and take your next step to comfortable living for you and your family member.