Caring for an elderly family member can seem like a daunting and overwhelming task. While you feel personally responsible for the daily care of your family member, there comes a point where you can no longer provide them with what they need. You may feel like this is a failure on your part, but this is not the case. You cannot be reasonably expected to provide 24-hour care and supervision. After all, you have work, family, and friends of your own to attend to. When you can no longer provide adequate care to your elderly family member, you find yourself faced with a big decision. Do you hire an in-home senior care service or do you move your family member to an assisted living facility? Before you can make your final decision, you need to understand the major benefits and possible negatives of each option.
In-Home Senior Car Services
In-home senior care services allow your loved ones to remain in their home while still being provided with the supervision and care they need. Caregivers come into the home and assist with daily living tasks, medication reminders, housework, and errands. They can even transport your loved one to and from doctor's appointments and the like.
However, allowing your elderly family member to stay in his or her home does come with some inherent risks, even with home caregivers present. Personal homes are replete with risks and dangers. Stairs, landings, rugs, and clutter represent fall risks. If your loved one suffers from dementia, the entire home could be dangerous, the kitchen in particular. They could try to cook and forget what they are doing, leaving the stove on and burning themselves or starting a fire.
Even if a caregiver is present 24 hours a day, these are inherent risks staying at home. Caregivers will do their best to prevent falls and other mishaps, but if they turn their back to take care of a household chore, your loved one could get into a dangerous situation.
Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living facilities (also known as senior living communities) are another viable option. They provide 24-hour care in a monitored and regulated facility. Assisted living facilities are staffed by certified medical professionals, meaning that if your loved one suffers a medical emergency, they will have care readily available to them.
Additionally, in assisted care facilities, your family member will have the benefit of community. If they stay at home, they may go several days or longer having no contact with anybody other than their caregivers. In an assisted living facility, they will be surrounded by their peers. They can socialize with different people, make friends, and live a fairly normal life. They will not feel like the only company they have is being paid for.
When you can no longer provide adequate care for your loved one yourself, do not feel like you have failed. There is no reason to feel guilty. Instead, focus your attention on ensuring that your family member receives the best possible care going forward. Deciding between in-home senior care services and assisted living can seem like a challenging task. However, all you need to do is consider your options carefully and choose the best option for your specific needs.
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