Do you have a loved one who is no longer able to fully care for him/herself?
It is normal for our loved ones to feel the most secure and comfortable in their own homes. But what if they are forgetting to take important medication or have a medical condition that requires constant attention? If you have ongoing concerns about their ability to remain safely at home by themselves, now may be a good time to explore senior housing or in-home care.
Here are some things to consider:
- Care needs: Does your loved one have a serious medical condition such as Parkinson's Disease or Alzheimer's? What level of care do they require now? What is their expected need for future care?
- Socialization: The loss of regular contact with friends due to deaths or an inability to drive or walk any distance frequently results in feelings of loneliness and isolation which can negatively impact your loved one's physical and mental health. Consider what kind of social activities your loved one needs or wants--such as eating meals or participating in activities with other seniors, or simply having the opportunity to chat with a neighbor or friend.
- Accessibility: Your loved one will need access to things around the house and around the community, such as getting out of the bath, using stairs to access a bedroom or laundry, going to the store or a doctor's appointment, etc. Location and access are major issues to consider.
The advantages of senior housing
Options in senior housing include senior independent living communities, assisted living units, skilled care/long-term healthcare facilities, or continuing care retirement communities that offer all three options. The varying types of senior accommodations make it possible to find the right fit for almost every situation to meet the level of care needed by your loved one.
The benefit of in-home care
In-home care allows your loved one to remain living in their home for as long as possible and can offer services ranging from personal care such as meal preparation, housekeeping and bathing assistance, to nursing services such as medication management, health assessments and catheter changes.
How we can assist in your loved one's care
St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park offer a variety of senior housing options as well as in-home healthcare services. Our continuing care retirement community is designed to help individuals "age in place," whatever their needs may be as they grow older and their health needs change. For more specific information or to discuss various options for your loved one, please call or email us today.