Family members want to know they can trust the care provider with their loved one and that their loved one can live with dignity in their final years even if they may no longer be able to cope independently.
Making this kind of decision should be done carefully and not rushed when an emergency situation arises, as so often happens. For this reason, it makes sense to know what the elderly care options available are. Many people assume the only option is a residential care home but this is far from the truth.
There are also options for home care where a carer comes to your home – in some cases several times a day; and also for live in care to provide personalised, around the clock care that includes preparing and cooking meals, help with eating, washing and dressing. It can also include help with medication if necessary and trips to the doctors, the shops or to visit friends, if you are able to do so.
Which Is The Best Care Option For You?
Residential care is a popular choice with many elderly people because a range of staff are on hand 24/7, and this sometimes includes nursing staff. This gives people and their families peace of mind. In a residential care home you will also be living with other people of a similar age, maybe eating and socialising together. On the downside you have less control over what you eat and when and you will only have one room as your own private space.
Live-in care is less well known but is becoming increasingly popular as more people become aware of it. Live in care means that an elderly person can stay in their own home with all their familiar possessions around them. If they have a pet then the pet can remain with them (which is unlikely in a care home). They may no longer be able to tend their garden but they can still enjoy the sight of their garden and be near neighbours and friends.
An elderly person should always feel safe within the care environment whether that is in their own home or in a residential care home. They should not expect to come to any harm and, as far as possible, should be protected from injury such as in a fall.
Wherever possible you should have some freedom of choice when it comes to what you eat, what you wear and even what you watch on television. Those who work providing care in the home try to develop an understanding of a person's preferences respect those, as far as possible, safe and practical to do so.
All carers whether their job is in a care home or as a live in carer should have a manager who can be contacted in the case of any issues or concerns. Good supervision and management is especially important in the case of live in care because the manager will not be on-site with the carer.