10 Sep Determining Which Level of Assisted Care Is Right for You
As they age, many people find themselves gradually losing the ability to complete certain tasks. It may begin with a reduced ability to exercise, or to complete physically demanding tasks, such as yard work. For some people, it progresses to an inability to complete household tasks or to even properly care for their own needs. But every person’s needs differ, which is why there is no one-size-fits-all solution to assisted care. So, how do you determine which level of assisted care is right for you or your loved one? Here is more information about each level of assisted care, so you can make an informed decision.
Even when a person is physically capable of caring for themselves, there is one thing that they cannot provide for themselves—companionship. Many senior citizens are chronically lonely. Many of their friends have passed on or relocated to family members’ homes or care facilities. Their own family members don’t always have time to visit them on a regular basis, and they spend most of their days alone.
For these individuals, companionship care is an excellent option. With this level of care, a person will come to check on and visit you or your loved one on a regular basis. Occasionally, this individual can also be enlisted to assist in tasks like picking up groceries, but their primary concern is ensuring that the person receives the human interaction that they need.
Another option for senior citizens who are capable of caring for themselves, but who struggle with loneliness, is to relocate to a retirement community. These communities are designed for individuals in their retirement years who wish to surround themselves with people in a similar stage of life. This allows you or your loved one to get more, genuine human interaction and can help prevent feelings of loneliness.
Occasional In-Home Assistance
If your loved one is capable of caring for themselves on a day-to-day basis, but needs occasional help with tasks, you can get regular in-home assistance with the tasks they struggle with the most. For example, perhaps your family member is able to care for themselves at home, but is no longer able to drive themselves places. You can hire a professional caregiver to take your loved one to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments, and so on.
This level of care is ideal for someone who is healthy and physically capable of everyday tasks, but who may no longer be completely independent.
Regular In-Home Assistance
The next level of care is receiving in-home assistance on a much more regular, or even a daily basis. With this level of care, you or your loved one will have a caregiver come to the home to assist with everyday tasks like household chores, meal preparation, and taking medication. This is often the ideal level of care for someone who either does not have the physical strength to complete these tasks, or who may have trouble remembering these important items.
In-Home Medical Care
This level of care is for those who need nearly constant medical care, but who does not wish to relocate to a full-time care facility. In-home medical care requires a medical professional to come to the home on a daily basis; in some cases, the medical professional may even live in the home. The caregiver will provide assistance with everything from administering necessary medication to personal hygiene routines.
Your loved one will require this level of care if they have a serious medical condition, or if they are incapable of tending to their own personal hygiene, such as bathing and using the restroom unassisted.
Full-Time Facility Care
The final level of care involves relocating to a full-time care facility. However, it’s important to note that every facility can provide various levels of care. So, if your loved one is capable of tending to their personal needs, but is no longer capable of caring for a household, full-time facility care is still a viable option. They will receive regular meals without having to worry about cooking or cleaning up a kitchen, but will be left to attend to their own personal hygiene.
Similarly, if your loved one needs assistance with personal care, or has specific medical needs, a full-time care facility is also usually capable of providing these services. Additionally, such care facilities offer activities for their residents, which can allow them to socialize with other residents and receive the companionship they desire.
If you’re trying to decide which level of care is right for you or your loved one, fill out our online questionnaire. We will help you to not only determine the right level of care, but to find the best facility or retirement community for your unique situation.