As we get older, so do our parents, and at some point we may find ourselves wondering what are the best options for caring for them. Most of us still have jobs to do and bills to pay, not to mention raising children. It all can be very overwhelming as your aging parents need more and more attention. The two main options are senior care facilities versus in-home care. We elaborate on what each option entails.
Senior Care Facilities
While there are many options for taking care of aging parents, one common solution is senior care facilities. There are several different types of senior care facilities and the type needed depends on the need of your parents. The two primary types are nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.
Nursing facilities are ideal for individuals who have long-term care needs due to physical or mental conditions. They are equipped to provide medical care and other related services.
On the other hand, assisted living facilities are appropriate for those that can live relatively independently, but require help with certain tasks. These facilities usually offer a variety of social and recreational activities as well as provide help with tasks such as dressing, bathing, meals, transportation, and housekeeping.
Aging in Place
Another option for taking care of your aging parents is what’s known as aging in place. This is the concept of providing what’s necessary to keep your parents living independently for as long as possible. The options discussed here are also helpful for those whose parents live with them.
Aging in place may require hiring a caregiver. A caregiver is someone who can be hired on a per hour basis to check in on your parents and assist them with certain tasks. Caregivers usually offer assistance with dressing, bathing, meals, housekeeping, transportation and social/recreational activities.
In addition, aging in place may require some modifications to the home. Rails and ramps may be needed to assist the elderly navigate around the home. Special plumbing fixtures may be required to make sure that your aging parents can safely bathe and toilet. There are also technology solutions that can help make life easier for your parents. For example, stairlifts can allow for easy access to second-floor rooms. You can find more information about home modifications in our guide.
Cost of Care Facilities Versus Aging in Place
Another topic that often comes up in this debate between staying at home or going to a senior care facility is cost. Nursing homes are notoriously expensive. Granted, equipment to increase accessibility at home can be expensive as well, but many of these items may be covered in part by medical insurance. Even if that is not the case, when compared to the cost of around-the-clock care or residence in a senior facility, you may find that the resources and services needed for aging in place may come out being the better financial option.
Making a Decision
The decision you make should be based on what’s best for you and your parents. If your parents have certain medical conditions, they may need to stay in a nursing facility to receive the care they need. Parents that are relatively independent may find that an assisted living facility is best. However, caring for your parents doesn’t always mean sending them away. Your parents may want to age in place and there are resources and services that will allow them to do that safely and comfortably.
Next Step Mobility provides accessibility modifications for the home such as rails, ramps and stairlifts. Call us for more information on how our mobility solutions can help your parents live comfortably at home.