Before you make any decision about geriatric care for your aging mom or dad, get as much information as possible about the different options available out there. A nursing home might not be the only option for you. There are many alternatives to nursing homes including day care programs, in-home care, subsidized senior housing, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, hospice care and respite care. Looking at these choices, another dilemma presents itself. Should your elderly one age in place as they receive nursing care at home or do you get them admitted in a care facility away from home? While care facilities offer better solutions when it comes to medical needs, in-home care is a better choice for several reasons.
Familiarity and comfort
Aging in the place where you have created so many memories over the years is preferable than being in an institutional setting. For an elderly person, it can be very comforting to remain in their home where they are familiar with the locations of all the necessities including restrooms, light switches and furniture. Living at home also provides them with the luxuries they are used to such as their comfortable easy chair and their well kept yard where they can relax and bask in the sun. This will make them happier, more comfortable and make their life easier.
Faster recovery from illness
According to research, an individual receiving home healthcare will recover more quickly than one in an institutionalized setting. Home palliative care aged care professionals can provide the same, or greater, level of medical care as the one provided by palliative care nursing homes professionals.
When staying at home, your senior will be given care and attention throughout the day and night. During the day, the caregiver is present to help with preparation of meals, bathing, shopping and going for appointments. In so doing, they will provide your loved parent with the much needed companionship during the day. If the caregiver is not able to stay overnight, you need to get a family member to be spending the nights with the senior. This is to ensure that help is readily available when needed at night.
Involvement of family and friends
Naturally one would prefer help offered by family and friends than care delivered by unfamiliar people. Nursing care at home will enable family members and friends to be directly involved in the day to day affairs of the senior one. This will go a long way in promoting their mental well-being.
Freedom and independence
Freedom and independence are two benefits that might not be offered by care facilities. Nursing care at home with give the senior one the opportunity to maintain their routines and to enjoy what they like to do. They can watch their favorite TV programs without the objection of someone else. They can also choose the food they want to take and have it prepared in a nutritious and tasty way.
So, before you decide to take your aging parent to a care facility, reconsider other end of life care options. It might turn out that in-home is the best choice for you and your elderly loved one. Arcare Aged Care would be happy to assist.