Nursing homes are often not desired by elderly people as they grow older and need more assistance with their day-to-day lives. Before any decisions are made regarding elderly care, it’s important to evaluate all of the options out there, and consider the kind of care you or your loved one needs. This blog will outline the alternatives to nursing home care, and the benefits of each option.
Assisted living facilities are the next step above a nursing home. They are designed to be a home that provides elderly care, but the care provided varies based on the resident’s needs. Some residents need almost no care, just a little bit of help here and there, and some need extensive care. Assisted living often will provide each resident with their own private apartment, schedule events and day trips that residents can participate in, and provide meals for them.
For an older individual who doesn’t need much in the way of care, home modifications are a great option to provide necessary assistance. Home modifications ensure that you or your loved one is able to successfully live longer at home. Common home modifications include: extending the width of door frames to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers, making sure the entrance to the home is street-level to avoid trips and falls on steps, ramps installed where needed, modifying the bathroom with hand rails and other shower and toilet accessories to avoid slipping.
In some cases, assistance with cooking is all that they need. If you or your loved one doesn’t always remember to eat, leaves the oven or stove on, or has a hard time sticking to a doctor-prescribed diet, meal assistance services are something to consider. Companies like Meals On Wheels deliver frozen meals straight to your or your loved one’s door. The meals will accommodate your or your loved one’s dietary needs, and all they have to do is warm them up.
As you or your loved ones age, it becomes more difficult to drive for various reasons. Often, driving becomes difficult because elderly individuals often have a hard time seeing well enough to drive safely. If getting to and from places necessary to everyday life is becoming difficult for you or a loved one, it’s time to invest in transportation assistance. Kind Companion Care has transportation services that safely take you or your loved ones to and from: doctor’s appointments, the pharmacy, the grocery store, the bank, the post office, and more.
Cleaning tasks often become more challenging for older individuals. If you or your loved ones are having a difficult time keeping up with the demands of cleaning your home, or your home is becoming unpleasant to live in due to its lack of cleanliness, cleaning services are a beneficial option. This can include hiring an in-home care provider, or hiring a cleaning crew to come in once or twice a week to help make your or your loved one’s home enjoyable to live in again.
In-home care is a great option to give yourself or your loved one help for four to six hours a day right in their home. In-home care preserves your loved one’s independence and quality of life, while still making sure that they are cared for in the areas where they are unable to care for themselves.
Kind Companion Care is a group of compassionate individuals who are dedicated to making sure the elderly receive the highest quality in-home care, and caregiving services that preserve their quality of life. We prioritize our client relationships, and tailor our service to you or your loved one’s specific needs. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our elderly caregiving services.