Types of Elder Care
When you are choosing a care facility for an elderly loved one, you need to take into account their specific needs. Different facilities offer different types of care, and you need to find an option that is best suited for your loved one. In this section of our website, we discuss some of the common care options that are available to you and your family.
Medical and Non Medical Care
First, understand that both medical care and non-medical care should be provided by a facility that you choose. Of course, your loved one’s medical needs should be met. The facility should have the resources and staff to provide medical treatment. But additional, non-medical resources should be available to your loved one as well. Resources such as recreational activities, clubs, outdoor activities, religious services, and more should be available to your loved one so that they can stay physically and mentally healthy. Every effort should be taken in a home to help your elderly loved one feel comfortable and thrive.
There are different types of care that your family might want to consider when choosing a facility for your elderly loved one. While nursing homes are great options, there are alternatives that might suit your loved one’s needs better. A few common types of care include:
Adult day care is an option for the elderly who do not need intensive, round-the-clock care. If you or another loved one is a caregiver for an elderly loved one, adult day care can give your elderly loved one something to do while the caregiver runs errands or goes to work. Many elderly people like this option because it gives them a chance to socialize with their peers and get out of the house.
Assisted living is another option available to the elderly. Your loved one would live at the assisted living facility, but they have the opportunity to maintain some freedom. For example, they can live in their own apartment, cook for themselves, and perform everyday tasks on their own. But, they still have the option of medical care when it is needed or assistance with tasks that they can no longer complete on their own.
For elderly people who face memory issues, specialized care is oftentimes necessary. Your loved one will likely need to move to a nursing home for care. Just make sure that the home offers specialized memory care so that they can be properly treated.
Hospice care is essentially end-of-life care. The purpose of this care is not to help your loved one get better. This care is about making your loved one as comfortable as possible as they enter the final stage of their life. Many people rely on hospice care because it can be provided in the home, so your loved one can remain with your family at this time.
In-home care is available for elderly people who are capable of living at home, but need some help. In-home care professionals can provide help with everyday tasks such as getting dressed, bathing, cooking, and cleaning. They can also provide medical assistance for your loved one. Live-in care is in-home care, but the aide or assistant stays at the home to provide round-the-clock care.
Finally, we have respite care as a care option. This is temporary care in a facility meant to relieve caregivers of their duties. Family members who are caregivers do a lot, and sometimes they need a break. Whether they are going out of town or just need some time to themselves, they can arrange for an elderly loved one to stay at a facility and get the care they need for a short period of time.
Make sure to check out the pages in this section to learn more about these care options!