No one likes to think about their parents or older adult loved ones aging. But it’s a reality we all have to face at some point. Busy lives with work schedules, family responsibilities and other activities can make it hard to devote the time your aging loved ones may require.
Luckily, there are various options available depending on your loved ones’ health and specific needs and conditions to help you out.
Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies estimates there will be 70 million senior citizens aged 65 and older living in the United States by the year 2030. This tells us there’s an increasing market for senior care, but it may not be immediately obvious which option is right for your loved ones. To ease any confusion, let’s take a look at a few of the most common services.
Just like the name implies, this kind of healthcare allows seniors to stay in the place many of them like the most—their own home.
The range of services can vary quite a bit and are individualized by health care needs. Some seniors may just need physical therapy for a short time after surgery, a stroke, or general care due to a chronic condition. Others may need help with bathing or dressing.
Visits can last from just a short time to the majority of the day, depending on the needs of the person being taken care of.
Assisted living communities are typically for older seniors who require some help with personal care services such as bathing and dressing and taking medication, although these communities can vary from offering minimal support to almost full-time care.
Assisted living services are different from nursing homes in that they don’t offer a complex level of medical care and are usually not equipped to care for residents who are not mobile. Assisted living, however, can improve a patient’s quality of life and allow them to live independently from family members.
Assisted living communities will often provide such services as housekeeping and laundry. Meals are usually provided as well. Just like senior centers, you might also find amenities such as a movie theater, a café, beauty shop, wellness classes and a gaming room.
Nursing Home Care
Nursing homes have come a long way in the last two decades. Indeed, the best nursing homes commit themselves to personal wellness and to meeting the need of their residents—whatever that may be.
For some, that goal might be gaining the stamina needed to return home. For others, it might mean living comfortably as their healthcare needs change.
24-hour medical supervision is always available at nursing homes, as well as an abundant range of services.
If you feel like you—or a loved one—are struggling to maintain life at home, it may be time to make some changes. Depending on your needs, learn more about what Fisher-Titus has to offer, like Home Health Care, or request a tour of the Fisher-Titus Norwalk Memorial Home senior living or the Carriage House assisted living facility today.