Taking care of your parents or other elderly loved ones is a big responsibility. Families of elders are constantly balancing the desires of the elder for independence with their own concerns for their loved ones’ safety and well being. Added to the stress is the worry about costs. You may be wondering if you can afford care management for your loved one? The answer is, it depends.
What You Need to Consider in Choosing Elder Care
One size does not fit all in choosing care for a loved one who is aging or disabled. Moreover, the decision of what kind of care may change as the elder ages. Here are some of the things to consider:
Options and Costs of Elder Care
There are several options for elder care in Ohio. Before you decide what is best for your loved one, you need to consider your choices. Here are the current costs and options as reported by the Ohio Department of Aging:
The Truth of the Costs of Elder Care
The truth is that caring for the needs of an elderly loved one is going to be costly. The question to be asked is how you can best spend your money. The complexity of each elder’s needs makes it confusing for families to sort through the options and choose the best one. Moreover, sometimes the highest cost is not the money spent but the time and stress of the choices.
How Care Managers Can Be Cost Effective
A Care Manager can be cost effective because they can help you to make the best choices and provide support for a family in care giving.
A Care Manager can save a family money by making sure they choose the most cost effective option which will meet the elder’s needs.
In addition, Care Managers can recognize signs that suggest an elder needs additional services such as Meals on Wheels or help with showering, and thus averting a fall or medical situation which might require expensive hospitalization or nursing home care.
How a Care Manager Can Help Your Family
Elder care is a complex area and it can be hard to know what is best for your elderly loved one. In addition, the emotions involved in helping an elder can make it difficult to be objective in evaluating your options. Care Managers are experts in all of the options for elder care in Ohio. Having helped hundreds of elders and their families, they can identify the best options for your particular situation.
You have been entrusted with caring for a loved one. A Care Manager can help you to handle that responsibility and help you make the best decisions possible.