Whether you are the child of an aging parent or you are in your golden years and notice you have a more difficult time getting around, there are many alternatives to being placed in a nursing home. There are a lot of negative connotations associated with nursing homes; they are often looked at as being the final placement before hospice care. Many elderly patients do not actually require placement in a nursing home and can thrive with other care options.
In-home care is a great alternative for seniors suffering from an ailment, disability, injury or mobility issues. Skilled and qualified nurses can provide a variety of in-home care services for your family member. Some in-home care specialists provide overnight services. Others provide around-the-clock care based on individual needs. They can help clean and treat wounds, administer medications, help with household chores and cleaning, assist with bathing and self-care needs, and assist with blood draws and toileting. Healthcare staffing services are a personable and affordable alternative to long-term nursing care.
Many family members step in to provide caregiving for an aging parent or grandparent. Caring for an aging parent may require a lot of time and money. You may need to chauffeur your family member to and from appointments, administer medications, provide bathing and toileting help and assist with rehabilitation or wound cleaning. It can be a daunting task for some people, but many others are equipped to handle these duties and can balance caring for a parent with their own duties and work responsibilities. Aging parents and grandparents do not want to be a burden, but they would also prefer to be in the hands of a family member than a stranger when it comes to care, injury recovery or disability.
Nursing home placement may be the only option if an in-home nurse or family member is unable to provide consistent care or the level of care that the patient may require. Determining the best option for an aging parent is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make in your lifetime; you want the best care and treatment for your loved one.