Everyone wants to do right by their ageing family members. However, looking into options regarding their care can be hard in itself; it can be upsetting and overwhelming. A lot of elderly people have their own opinions on this which need taking into account. Several factors need taking into account when deciding what route you as a family want to take.
Read on for all the information you will need to make an informed decision.
Some people prefer to go into a nursing home where they can socialise with others, especially if they have been suffering from feelings of loneliness. The care in nursing homes is also obviously more comprehensive than home care because there is staff there 24/7. They can also benefit from having chores done for them, and they no longer have to worry about cooking and cleaning.
Nursing homes have more of a variety within their staffing; they have nurses, doctors, and care professionals. This can provide more peace of mind for both you and your loved ones knowing that they have more immediate access to any medical care that they need. Care homes are also far more secure, which can be especially beneficial for elderly people who have Dementia or Alzheimer’s as they cannot wander out and get lost.
However, some people do suffer from feelings of abandonment when they are put into a care home, especially if they were not involved in the decision. In addition, the transition can be difficult, and some people feel ‘old’ when put into a care home; it makes them feel infirm. Finally, they can also be expensive if you want quality care.
Some elderly people would like to stay in their homes for as long as possible and only need a little bit of help to do so. There are a few different types of home care depending on the needs of your loved ones, such as companion care, home help, personal care or respite care. Some people are unaware of these distinctions. If this option is your first choice, then do some research into the different levels of care. If, for example, you would like to look into personal care in Melksham, the local council services may offer some funding. Abney & Baker are a care service that offer all the different iterations of home care to help your loved one retain as much independence as possible.
Freedom and independence are deeply important for some elderly people who may benefit from being in their community; if they have friends or hobbies, then moving them into a care home can have a negative impact on them. If they don’t require any pervasive medical care, then maybe home care is the better option.
The best thing you can do is consult your loved ones on what they want and take this into account, although ultimately, you do have to do what you think is best for them. There is pros and cons to both home care and nursing homes. It’s about doing the research and finding the choice that everyone feels comfortable with.