If your loved one can no longer live independently you may be thinking about nursing home choices. But have you looked into other options? There are many alternatives to nursing homes that allow your loved one to live safely and maintain a certain level of independence. Here are four nursing home alternatives to consider:
1. Adult day care
Adult day care centers are not only an option for those who require special assistance but older adults who need socialization. Adult day care centers provide supervision and social activities for your loved one while you're at work. Day care centers also offer health services for elderly with severe medical conditions like Alzheimer's. Some of the services include counseling, physical therapy, and health checkups. Some centers also offer evening care if you need flexible hours.
2. Supportive in-home care
If your loved one has limited mobility issues or wants to remain in their home, supportive in-home care services are a great option. Many in-home care services are covered by Medicare which makes this option very affordable. There are many types of supportive in-home care that you can choose based on the needs of your family member. Here are some of the options:
- Home aide--provides home-cooked meals, cleans, and helps with personal care
- Chore services--provides assistance with chores including cleaning, running errands, shopping, yard work, and minor repairs
- Home health care--provides in-home nursing needs including medication supervision, wound dressing, intravenous therapy, and injections.
An assisted-living facility is an option if your loved one can't safely live in their own home, with you, or if you are not able to provide them the care they need. Unlike nursing homes, assisted-living facilities provide private living quarters. These living quarters range from dorm-style private rooms to two bedroom apartments. These facilities provide supervision for elderly who don't require extensive medical care. They provide transportation, meals, and housekeeping. These facilities are also good for senior citizens who are at risk of social isolation.
4. Respite Care
Respite care provides temporary accommodation for senor citizens in residential facilities. This is an option to keep in mind for anyone who cares for or has an aging loved one in the home. Respite care gives you a break if you are at risk of burning out or become overwhelmed with a family member's care. Respite care is also an option should you fall ill, get injured, or go on a vacation and cannot care for your relative.
These are four options you need to consider for your aging loved one. These alternatives keep your family member safe and cared for.