It is likely that at some point in our lives, we will play some sort of role in taking care of an elderly person. Maybe that person is a parent, relative, or family friend of some kind. Many seniors will reach a point where the best care and best conditions suited to their well-being can only be found at a medical facility. Round the clock emergency care is difficult for family members and friends of the elderly person to provide, and could risk the quality of healthcare that one receives. On the other hand, many seniors will thrive in an environment that fosters their independence, allowing them to continue living much like they have in the past. For the latter, assistance of some kind is still usually necessary, though may not be as intense as what some individuals require. Sometimes, a little help getting prescriptions correct or helping with laundry is all an elderly person requires. As such, many seniors are able to continue living in their own apartments or homes and can still receive professional care.
Senior housing options are many. You are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to nursing homes or other assisted living facilities. If you feel like you’re leaning towards one of these facilities or are at least weighing the options, rest assured that they all have the same goal of making aging an enjoyable experience for your loved one. The most important things to do are stay informed, do research, take your time, and relax! This will help bring calm to all involved parties.
Those who require assistance living should not feel hurried or rushed into making a decision. Instead, a calm and objective assessment should be made by loved ones as to what services are actually needed, if any. As mentioned, these homes or in-home arrangements are designed to help individuals maintain a high level of self-sufficiency while assuring that care is available and ready when needed.
The choice between a nursing home and residential assisted living can be a somewhat stressful one, but if you keep everything above in mind, and make sure to involve your loved one when considering senior housing options, everything should be smooth sailing.