Helping The Elderly Decide Where Is Best
As we; human-beings age, our need for: personal dignity, affection and acceptance by others increase - in direct proportion with the passing of years.
Care & support options.
There are different options available with regards to assistance for the elderly – ranging from a little support in the home, to relocation to a facility that offers 24-hour care. However, it is understandable that the decision as to which option to go for, may be a difficult one to come by. The cause for the latter can be anything from: financial concerns, to the personality of the person in question.
In this article we will endeavour to offer you the optimum level of assistance that you will require to navigate through the various options and thereby; identify a health care service that is most suited to you.
There are four basic options that are to be considered when deciding how to best care for elderly parents. They can live:
- In their own home.
- With their children.
- In a nursing home.
- In a sheltered accommodation.
Living at home.
Research has been consistent in its revelation that most elderly people prefer to be assisted in their own homes for as long as is physically possible. However; in such a case, it is imperative to view the situation at large and after considering some other of your alternatives, as well as your budget options – decide as to whether it is truly the right step for you to take.
Below are several factors that need to be considered with regards to remaining at home.
Location. Location. Location. Where exactly is your home located? Is it within close proximity to the amenities you require such as; stores, hospitals etc? If it isn’t, you must assess the ease of accessibility and safety of the local public transit.
Home maintenance and accessibility. Does the modification of your home allow for the ever evolving changes in your mobility needs? Does your home or garden require a high level of maintenance?
Support system. Do you have family and friends nearby that are available to provide you with enough support? Bear in mind that as your needs increase, they may not be capable of filling them all and hence, proximity to community services and activities should also be taken into account.
Loneliness. Loss of mobility can prevent you from leaving your home unaccompanied. In such a case, isolation is prone to set in as participation in your once loved hobbies as well as visiting family and friends are inhibited. Loss of connection with loved ones, as well as a lack of social activity, is known to fester depression.
Medical requirements. Should you or your loved one have, or develop medical complications that are prone to worsen over time, it is essential to plan logically as to how you will handle the health and mobility issues that may crop up.
Finances. The big word here is money. Making a budget with the anticipated costs of each of your options, will be a key in enabling you to weigh up each of their pros and cons. It is important to note that arrangements such as assisted living can be expensive, but extensive in-home help can quickly add up to an absorbent amount as well.
Once you have made your decision – be it to remain at home or to relocate to a sheltered facility, we here at Fulcare.co.uk are pleased to present you with our full range of whole-sale supplies and gadgets. Each one of our products, from the Nursing to the Housekeeping is designed to aid and support and merely purchasing them can play a large role in improving your quality of life.