Mommy Katie: Looking After the Family: What Are Your Options When caring for Elderly Family Members?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Looking After the Family: What Are Your Options When caring for Elderly Family Members?

Caring for an elderly family member can be easily done, when you take into consideration the number of options that are available. Deciding where your elderly family member should live is a key aspect that you should consider when deciding on the best type of care they need. You may choose to move them to another place where they can be well taken care of or you can opt to take care to them in the comfort of their own home.

Although this might seem like a difficult stage of your life, it can be made easier if you choose the right mode of care for your loved ones. Here are a few options that you can consider to ensure your elderly family member is well cared for and happy:

Nursing home

A dedicated nursing home is the ideal place where the elderly member can interact with others who are living in the same environment, however be sure they are happy with the move before rushing them out of their own home. Distress and turmoil can make things harder for elderly people and leave them disorientated and upset. However, nursing homes can provide a private or a semi-private room where the elderly member of your family can stay with a roommate to keep them company. Nursing homes are ideal for those who have limited space in their homes and where your elderly members will be given the best possible care, however keep in mind that you must prepared to pay for the service they provide. Nursing homes can cost more than $70,000 dollars every year.

Adult day care

If you find it hard to separate from your elderly member, you may choose to bring them to adult day care. This is more ideal for homemakers who need a little time away from taking care of the elderly. Just like child day care centers, adult day care centers are paid on a daily basis. Unlike nursing homes with dedicated teams working round the clock to provide care for your parents, adult day care centers are more similar to its children’s counterpart. The daily rate can cost up to $70 per day.

Home care 

If you have to take care of an elderly who refuses to move out of their home, you may opt for the service of a home care specialist. These specialists will visit your elderly family member or in some special cases, live with them to provide the care that they need. Hiring a home care specialist is ideal for elderly members who are bed-ridden and immobile. These specialists are paid on an hourly basis, costing as much as $20,000 per year.

Assisted Living

A number of assisted living services and facilities are also available. Unlike home care that focuses on a sick and immobile patient, assisted living specialists are more concerned in helping out with the daily tasks of your elderly member. The goal of an assisted living specialist is to help the elderly handle life’s challenges with ease and to provide support for the mental and emotional well-being of the elderly member of your family. Assisted living in Ohio can cost over $40,000 per year.

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