dimanche 16 avril 2017

Seniors And Veterans Looking For Comfort Have The Answer In Professionally Run Eldercare Facilities

By Mary Morgan

Most people would rather live in their own homes than in a nursing home. It is difficult to move from the family you love and familiar surroundings to live in what is basically a hospital environment. Though it can be difficult, there are loving alternatives to nursing home care. But the family should not be discouraged, the seniors and veterans looking for comfort can find it in elderly communities and professionally run nursing homes.

If a family has a nurse that's available to administer medication or care when needed, they may want to choose to provide eldercare on their own. This form of elder care is a great choice when it comes to cost, but it comes with its downsides that come with this program as well. First off, providing elder care for another family member or friend can be stressful since it adds stretch on all the relationships. Regretfully if this scenario has to persist for a time, then it sure can lead to burn-out.

A retirement community is larger than a retirement home where residents live in apartment type units. Between the two, a retirement community is a much better option if your primary intention in sending your parents is for them to have a free and enjoyable retirement. While a retirement home can provide the facilities necessary for eldercare, it has very limited space that might make your parents feel throttled.

If finances and preferences allow, an assisted living facility that offers a personal apartment, coupled with communal social spaces, and licensed nursing staff may be a wonderful option for an active elder. The choice to live there can be a family decision, and the facility can be close enough to encourage frequent family visits.

Therefore, if you can't afford it, your senior family member or friend will most likely be needed to live in a more traditional elder care nursing home, where the support quality is adequate, but we understand that it may not be the standard of eldercare you would desire for your family member or friend. Furthermore, traditional senior care can be rather costly over time and quickly consume the financial resources of an average middle-class family.

If your parents do not have longterm care in place, do you know what other financial resources are available if needed? Perhaps a visit with a lawyer to talk about Medicaid eligibility and spend down rules would be worthwhile.

My advice is to do your homework sooner rather than later. It's never too early to start to search out a few agencies or facilities, find ones you are comfortable with and start building a relationship with them. You can even arrange a visit for you and/or your parents to a facility or have someone come to your home for an assessment. This way, if an emergency occurs, you'll be reaching out to people you are comfortable with and are familiar with your loved one and their situation.

Someone should take over meal preparation, another feeding or eating with the patient, and then cleaning up afterwards. One person in the family should be in charge of medication doses, and these must be written down on a chart. Each shift must be told what the previous shift has done for safety.

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