Frequently Asked Questions About Alternative Senior Care

Does your loved one need more help than they used to? Are you afraid that is finally time for them to move away from their place and into a place that gives more care? There are other choices that don’t include assisted living facilities and nursing homes. You may wonder what those alternatives are. Here are some of the questions that are asked quite regularly. The answers could help you make up your mind as to what works best for your loved one’s individual condition.

Q. When you say alternative care, what do you mean?
A. Alternative care is a phrase that was coined to describe care options that offer alternatives to moving into assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Adult day care is one popular option. In-home senior care is another popular choice.

Q. Which would be better for me? Adult day care or in-home care?
A. There are several factors to consider. Adult day care requires you to have some degree of mobility. You will be leaving your home to visit the adult care facility, so continence is important, though the need to use a wheelchair is usually not a problem. You can expect an assortment of activities at the adult day care center as well as the opportunities to develop and maintain friendships.

In-home care is a popular option because it brings the care right to your door. Whether your need is only for a little help with the housework, companionship, or help with remembering to take your meds, an in-home care provider can be a real help.

Q. Should the in-home care provider I hire be medically trained?
A. Unless you have a medical condition requiring a nurse’s care, a care provider that has basic first aid and CPR training is adequate. Most in-home care providers specialize in providing assistance with your housework, grooming needs, running errands, or even bathing. They can even help you remember to take your medications though they cannot handle your meds or assist you with medical treatments.

Q. Which option will manage my loved one’s financial resources more efficiently? Assisted living or in-home care.
A. When a senior owns their own home, hiring an in-home caregiver is the hands down winner for managing financial resources. It usually costs only 30 – 35 % of the fees for assisted living facilities to hire an in-home caregiver. If the senior is renting, you will have to crunch the numbers to answer this question.

Q. I’d like for my loved one to stay in their home, but I’m worried about safety. Is there anything we can do to prevent accidents?
A. If you focus on the most dangerous room in the house, the bathroom, first, most everything else will seem easy. Start by replacing the tub with a walk in tub if one isn’t installed already. More seniors are injured entering and leaving their bathtubs than any other household accident. Then be sure to install handrails around the toilet and walk in tub for extra support. Raising the toilet or installing a raised toilet seat will help seniors with getting back up. And applying a non-skid finish to the floor can help prevent slipping when the floor is wet.

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