Table of Contents
1 START WHERE YOU ARE (EVALUATING YOUR SITUATION) 5
WHAT LEVEL OF CARE IS NEEDED? 7
QUALITY OF LIFE CONSIDERATIONS 7
FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS 8
2 INDEPENDENT LIVING 10
THE BENEFITS OF KEEPING YOUR ELDERLY LOVED ONE IN THEIR OWN HOME 10
SERVICES THAT CAN BE PROVIDED TO YOUR ELDERLY LOVED ONE AT HOME 11
3 HOME CARE OPTIONS 13
CHOICES FOR PROVIDING CARE FOR AN ELDERLY LOVED ONE IN YOUR HOME 14
ADULT DAY CARE 14
4 INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITIES 16
WHO ARE INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITIES MADE FOR? 17
5 ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES 19
WHAT IS AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY? 19
HOW ASSISTED LIVING BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN INDEPENDENT LIVING AND NURSING HOMES 20
6 NURSING HOMES 22
ARE NURSING HOMES A LAST RESORT? 23
7 HOW TO CHOOSE AMONG CARE OPTIONS 25
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As people get older they tend to need a little help with some of the basic activities of living. Health problems can intervene, physical abilities can diminish, and the activities of daily living can become difficult or even impossible. While it may be disconcerting to think about your elderly parents reaching a stage where they cannot completely manage on their own, it happens. It may happen sooner or it may happen later, but it happens.
This is not to say it is inevitable that at some age everyone will need a certain level of care. Many individuals stay in their own homes and maintain their health and their active lives decades past the age of 65. If everyone needed the same type of care at the same age then there would be no decisions to make. Everyone would need the same care options and the issue would be nonexistent. However, every person is unique. If your elderly parents do both need care services then they may not even have the same reasons for needing it.
Sometimes the reasons why an elderly parent needs care are not signs of the typical progression of aging. Aging does make people more susceptible to injuries, but maybe it is something else. Maybe your loved one has been losing weight. Perhaps they are exhibiting signs of depression and are not leaving the house as much as they used to. Perhaps they have lost interest in life.
On the other hand, there could be indicators of mental issues. Your loved one may be having trouble remembering things or may have gone so far as to wander off or to be unable to recognize you. They may even have trouble remembering who they are.
Whatever the case, your elderly parents have reached a stage of life where they need some level of assistance to manage their lives. Luckily, there are a variety of care options available at this point in time. There is no need to choose between independent living and a nursing home because various facilities accommodate individuals with different needs.Other Details
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