You may be visiting our website if you have an aging loved one with physical and cognitive deficits. While you may be able to care for your elderly loved one at home, you may not have the clinical skills nor financial resources to do so. Our blog posts reveal the physical and cognitive benefits of nursing home and assisted living placement. Your questions and concerns regarding physical, occupational, and speech therapies are addressed here, as well as your concerns about nutritional interventions and social activities offered in nursing homes. After reading our helpful posts, you'll feel more confident in making the right long-term care choice for your senior loved one.
If your parent is no longer able to get to their doctor's appointments, or require regular medical help, you may be pressed to find a solution to the situation. You have work, your family, and many other things that take your time. While you want to help take care of your parent, this is not always possible. You may be able to take care of some of it, and you may push yourself to do more than you should. However, you need to understand that help is available, and you cannot take it all on yourself or you will end up harming yourself either physically or emotionally. Before you get to the point where you need some type of help yourself, consider the following options for senior healthcare services.
Whether your parent needs help once a month, every week, or daily, you can contact a local visiting nurses company to provide the care they need. You, your parent (if able), and the nursing director will sit down to discuss what type of care is needed and how often. You will need to have your parent's medical records for this meeting. The nursing company will set a schedule for you parents care, sending the appropriate type of professional at the required times. You may need to have an aide there to help with hygiene and possibly help get them to and from appointments and shopping. You will probably also need a nurse, either an LPN or an RN to provide medical care such as medications, catheters, wound care, and other nursing duties.
When the problem is getting your parent to appointments and the pharmacy, you may find a community group that provides transportation so you don't have to miss work. There are also community groups that are more social in nature. They will go and pick up your parent (if necessary) and take them to a community center to share games, watch television, or just sit and chat with others in their age group.
If your parent requires around-the-clock care and monitoring, you may want to look into a nursing home. Sometimes the stay there will only be temporary, while your parent heals or overcomes an illness. Of course, if the situation warrants, the home can also provide a permanent place for your parent to be cared for. These facilities may be a hospital-like setting for patients who are bedridden, or you could look into something more along the lines of an assisted living facility which is like an apartment but with assistance of all kinds available.