Have you have found yourself in the position of caring for an aging parent or loved one? This situation, especially when it is unexpected, presents a number of difficult challenges. The first step is likely to identify what type of assistance your loved one needs. Some questions to ask yourself (and the medical professionals involved in his or her care) are:
- Do they need temporary or long term help?
- Are his or her needs medical or custodial?
- Is their condition progressive and therefore likely to get worse overtime?
- Are they safe at home?
- What type of care is most appropriate?
There are both community-based and facility-based care options available. Depending on the answers to the above questions, your loved one’s needs may be more appropriately met in one or the other. It is critically important to consider all factors of medical, financial, social and physical when evaluating your options.
Community based options can include:
- Adult day care
- Companion/Personal in home care
- Geriatric care management
- Home healthcare
- Daily money management
- Outpatient therapy
- Meals on Wheels
- House call physicians
- Facility based options can include:
- Independent Senior Living
- Assisted Living
- Group Homes
- Nursing Homes
- Memory Care
Our previous blog How to Choose Between In-Home Care and Assisted Living discusses some of the considerations to making when deciding if staying at home or moving into a facility is a better plan for your loved one. Most people will want to at least attempt managing in the home setting before considering facility placement. For many this is quite possible with the right support in place. You will need more than one resource to make this happen successfully – of the above list your loved one may require more than half of the services in order to make the plan work. There is no “one stop shop”, but you can hire a professional aging life care manager to help you put a plan together and identify all of the resources you need. Find one in your area at www.aginglifecare.org.
About the Author: Pam Reynolds, CMC is the President and co-owner of Allegiance Aging Care Services. Pam has spent almost fifteen years working in senior care including long term care facilities and home health care. Her higher education is in Social Work, and she has been credentialed as both a certified Geriatric Care Manager and Licensed Assisted Living Administrator. Read more about Pam and her team of Aging Care Professionals here.