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Is Home Care Right for Me?

Home_CareNot everyone ages the same. As we get older, we know there comes a time when we might need some extra care, but how can you decide what type of extra care is right for you or your loved one?  Here are some of the different choices:

Independent Living

Independent Living communities are homes, condominiums or apartments which are only for elders.  You or your loved one might enjoy an Independent

Living community if you:

  • Enjoy spending time with people your own age.
  • Want to move to a more elder-friendly home.
  • Do not have memory issues and are able to do most daily tasks.
  • Enjoy preparing your own food and taking care of your own home.

Elder Housing: Assisted Living

If you or your loved one needs some help with daily living tasks, then Assisted Living might be a better choice.  Assisted Living communities allow elders to have a certain amount of independence but have professional help available day and night. Many Assisted Living facilities provide common meals and transportation also. Elders might consider Assisted Living if they:

  • Need some help in taking medications or other daily tasks.
  • Do not have medical needs which require regular nursing care.
  • Like the security of having someone available 24/7.
  • Have some minor memory problems but have a spouse to help them or have the ability to do most tasks themselves.
  • Would like someone else to drive them places and prepare meals daily.

Nursing Home

When a person needs full-time medical attention, a Nursing Home is often the best choice.  In a nursing home, an elder has medical personnel available to supervise their care and staff that can assist with daily personal care tasks such as grooming, bathing, and eating.  Nursing Home stays can be temporary while a person is recovering from a hospital stay, or permanent if someone needs long-term, full-time medical attention.

Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC)

If a group of people remain in their homes or apartments for a long time, they may become a NORC as they reach retirement age.  These types of elder communities occur more often in lower income apartment areas, but they can happen in suburban areas too. In a NORC, elders are able to work together to help each other access services like going to the doctor or grocery store. If you or a loved one lives in a NORC, you might want to see how a Home Care provider can help assess the available services and fill in any gaps in needs of the Community.

Home Care

Home Care is a way for someone to be able to stay in their own home as they age.  Home Care services might include:

  • Assist with grooming, bathing, and cleaning.
  • Help the elder eat more nutritious meals.
  • Transportation to appointments, grocery stores, and pharmacy.
  • Be there for them when they are in the hospital.
  • Take records of observations, visits, and calls to help relatives living elsewhere to have a better understanding of how their loved one is doing.

Home Care can be transitional, or it can be adjusted to meet the needs of an elder as they age.  In addition, Home Care can continue even if elder moves out of their own home and into Independent or Assisted Living.

Is Home Care Right for Me or My Loved One?

Luckily, there are many options for elderly people who need additional assistance in daily living.  Because this is an important decision, you need to carefully weigh your need for help.  If you or your loved one needs regular, round-the-clock medical attention or help with personal care, then they may need nursing home level of care.  However, if you or your loved one can handle many daily tasks with some assistance, Home Care might be a much less expensive option, and allow for more independence.  Because Home Care can adjust as an elder ages and can be added help wherever an elder lives, Home Care can be a part of the care package that helps you and your family have peace of mind.

Home Care may be right for you if you need a helping hand you can trust.

Paula Dunlap, RN-CMC

Phone: (513) 868-3210
Toll-Free: (888) 597-2751