Moving from your home can be difficult at the best of times. If you add to that a feeling that you’ve had to give up your independence, this can be especially tough for many people to accept. The idea of going into an assisted living facility or a nursing home can be frightening, even to the point that some parents may try to extract promises from their children that they’ll never be placed in a facility.
But whether your parent has ever said anything to you about going to an extended care facility or nursing home or not, it is a situation that you may have to deal with sooner than later.
The truth is, most older adults want to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible – for many reasons. Living at home often gives meaning and purpose to one’s life. Home is the place they’ve lovingly created, so it’s where they feel the most at ease. They likely have friends who live not too far away, and they have their routines, whether it’s looking at one’s belongings, reading the mail, or sitting on the porch. These acts are more meaningful in one’s own home than in a facility-based setting because it is the dwelling that creates the context of one’s life. The comforts of home provide a sense of peace and privacy that are irreplaceable.
Yet many people, old and young alike, have a mental picture in their minds of where old people go – to nursing homes, of course. And many people are also under the false assumption that life in a nursing home or assisted living facility is unavoidable for the elderly. Is it really possible to age safely and independently at home? Surprisingly, home healthcare, such as that provided by North Home Healthcare of Houston, Texas, can be a long-term, feasible option for many. According to Genworth’s 2014 Cost of Care Survey, home healthcare can be a much more cost-effective option as well.
To determine if your elderly loved one could benefit from the help of a professional caregiver rather than making the drastic decision to sell his or her home and make the move into a facility, start taking note of the level of functionality in these two areas:
Look at Activities of Daily Living Needs: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are the everyday activities that are fundamental to caring for oneself and maintaining independence, such as bathing, getting dressed, getting in or out of bed or a chair, using the toilet, eating and getting around or walking.
Look at Instrumental Activities of Daily Living: These are activities related to independent living and include preparing meals, managing money (writing checks, paying bills), shopping for groceries or personal items, maintaining a residence/performing housework (e.g. laundry, cleaning), taking medications, using a telephone, handling mail and traveling via car or public transportation.
Is home care a possibility for your elderly loved one? North Home Healthcare can help you decide. If your parent needs physical therapy or occupational therapy to help him or her cope at home, we can provide that. Our skilled nursing staff can help your parent with managing medicines or certain types of treatments at home.
Home health aides, who are under the supervision of a registered nurse who is on call 24/7, can help your parent with the everyday tasks that need to be done. The RN supervision ensures that we provide the right care in the right way. Contact us today with any questions and see how we can help you and your loved one.