We all want what’s best for our loved ones. Whether it’s parents wanting the best for their children, older siblings looking out for their younger brothers or sisters, or adult children taking care of their senior parents, when it comes to our families we rarely want to settle for second-best.
And while there are plenty of well-managed and exceptional nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country, such an environment may not always be what’s best for our elderly parents.
Best in terms of senior care usually means care in the home. Such care provides senior citizens with familiarity, comfort and more personalized attention.
Meeting Your Needs
From bathing to transportation, live-in care can meet all of the needs of your elderly loved ones. Not only that, such care can meet your needs as well.
Let’s face it, few of us can devote the time needed to care for parents who might be physically or mentally disabled. Unfortunately, those who might have mobility issues or are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s tend to need 24-hour care. We likely have many of our own obligations: jobs, family, social functions…not to mention the unplanned events that inevitably crop up from time to time.
Or, many of us simply lack the proper training or knowledge needed to supply the type of care our loved ones demand. Sure, we can run an errand or clean their house, but what about toileting or grooming assistance? Often, it’s best to turn to those who are professionally trained in these areas.
While nursing homes have 24-hour staff on hand, these facilities do not usually provide the type of round-the-clock care that you’ll find from home care agencies.
A live-in caregiver devotes his or her time solely to your loved one. Though many agencies utilize a rotating shift in which two or maybe three caregivers are available at certain times of the day and night, all of these home care aides are familiar with the particular needs, schedules and concerns relating to your parent or other family member.
What to Look For
Not every agency will offer exactly the same services, so it’s a good idea to shop around and find a live in senior care program that best fits your lifestyle and expectations.
For instance, some agencies may not provide overnight services, while others do.
Also determine if you need a home care nurse or a home care helper. In the case of the former, you can receive help with medications and hygiene such as bathing, while helpers do not have a medical background and thus will only do chores such as errand running or housekeeping while also providing companionship for the elderly patient.
Whatever your particular needs, or more especially the needs of your loved one, you’re certain to find exactly what you’re looking for from live in home care. Such care can mean no worries about possible overcrowded nursing home conditions or lack of individual attention or diet monitoring.
Your loved one is home, cared for. And you’re home, worry-free. If that’s not “only the best”, it’ll certainly do until best comes along!