elderly care at home the best choice?
Most seniors want more than anything to stay at
home, and their families want to see them remain independent as long
elderly person to make the best long
term plans and choose the "best" options doesn't always work, however.
An elderly person who wants desperately to stay at home will often
deny problems and safety hazards that are glaringly obvious to
everyone else. So, adult children and other family members are the
ones who may have to ultimately make some of these decisions.
and adult children have often made promises to do whatever is
necessary to keep an aging person at
home. Often they have made this commitment when the older person was
still living an active and independent life. When the disabilities of
aging begin to crop up, these famiy members feel guilty even thinking
about alternatives to care at home.
Very few family
members can leave jobs and their own family responsibilities to manage
a senior's care
at home full time.
With the passage of time, family caregivers often find that they are
stretched beyond the breaking point by the needs of their elderly
family member. Sooner or later, almost everyone will have to turn to
outside help to make home care possible.
The trick to
making aging at home successful is to anticipate changes before they
happen, and to ask the important "what if" questions early.
If a senior is
both able to afford and willing to accept non-family care, then
staying at home can be a very successful option. If home care is not
affordable, or if your senior will not willingly accept help from
someone other than family, then remaining at home will probably not be
a good choice for long term elder care.
and family members will talk frankly about both the financial and the
personal facts openly and honestly long before the need is obvious. If
a senior is firm that no outsider will ever be accepted into his or
her home, it's better to know early that getting professional home
care assistance will be a fight.
Unfortunately, many families aren't able to talk frankly about these
issues. If your elderly relative refuses to talk about those future
"what ifs," this may be your clue that home care may be difficult when
it's most needed. An assisted living residence might actually be more
acceptable to this senior than having someone "invade" their home.
If home care would
be acceptable, but the available funds won't stretch to cover the cost
of private elderly care at home, starting early will permit everyone
to look at and talk frankly about less expensive alternatives before a
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