Elder Care: the Options

Elder Care

There will come a time when your parents will start to require extra help, whether that be around the house or with daily tasks. There will also come a time when you will need this help from your children. It is the circle of life and, unfortunately, it will strike us all. As overwhelming as it sounds, there are ways to simplify elder care, as long as you know what options are available to you. Here are some ideas on how you can administer elder care going forward.

Moving in with a family member

You may want to think about adapting your home to help with everyday tasks. If getting up and down the stairs is a problem, then a stair lift can help (Millercare Stairlifts are a great option to look at). There is a myriad of disability equipment on offer to help. Your council may be able to help with this, and may even be required to pay and fit it for you in some circumstances.

Family members play a vital role in the life of an elderly relative and may even offer to help with accommodation. Some elderly people may feel like this is an imposition but it’s worth considering, as most family members will be more than happy to help in any way that they can. Again, adapting the home is important to ensure a certain level of independence is kept. If this is something that has been considered, then it’s important for all relevant family members (and maybe even a carer) to sit down and talk through the feasibility of the whole thing so that’s the right move for all parties involved.

Moving into a care home

Moving into a care home

This is a big step, particularly if family members don’t feel they can offer the level of care needed for the best possible quality of life. You can be there to help them feel active and make new friends, while you can rest assured that staff are on hand 24 hours a day for all their medical needs. If you’re serious about a care home, then do your research about what’s offered. Some just provide accommodation with some personal care, while others can offer nursing care as well if needed. There are several organisations that can help you find a suitable care home. You can get advice about every aspect of the process from the likes of Extra Care so you’re fully informed about what the best options are.

The cost of moving to a care home is a worry for many. Age UK has some excellent information about paying for residential care.

Care at home

Care at home

If you don’t like the idea of moving into a care home, then there are options available for care at home. You can contact your local council’s social services department and they will conduct a social care assessment to see whether you would be suitable to receive care in your own house. You may be able to get care from a friend or family member, but if not then a paid carer could be an option.

Care at home doesn’t have to mean 24 hours a day care (and probably won’t), however, so you will still retain much of your independence. For instance, a ‘meals on wheels’ service may be provided if you have trouble cooking or you might just need someone to pop in once or twice a day to help you wash or change clothes.

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