What are my home care options?
For most families, home care is the preferred option when it’s no longer safe for a loved one to be completely on their own. According to recent surveys, over 90 percent of people 65 and older want to stay in their home, living in a familiar place with as much independence as possible.
Setting up in-home care is not the only option. And it may not be the best choice for your family right now.
Adult day care can be a good option when a loved one is still able to live at home but needs companionship and supervision or wants to socialize, make new friends, and do activities with others. Adult day care may not be the right choice if your loved one needs support with mobility, memory care, or help with toileting.
If health issues become more serious, a spouse dies, or family members don’t live nearby, an assisted living facility is a good option to explore. While you’ll have the added expenses of moving to the facility, your loved one will get many benefits—living with some privacy in a small community, organized social activities, a communal dining area, and housekeeping services or other support as needed.
Nursing homes are usually the last choice for most families since there is little, if any, privacy for your loved one, and the physical health and mental condition of the other residents has a huge effect on your loved one’s quality of life. But there are times when a nursing home is the best option for a loved one who has severe Alzheimer’s, other dementia, or is in the the late stages of another illness.