“One thing’s for certain – I never want to live in a nursing home.”
If you are the adult child of a senior parent, it’s likely that you’ve heard your loved one exclaim these words or something similar indicating the intention to continue to grow older in place at home instead of moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility. Reality is, the majority of older adults want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible – for a variety of reasons. Home is the place they’ve lovingly created, so it’s where they feel the most comfortable. Continuing to live at home also brings meaning and purpose to one’s life. Activities as simple as looking at one’s possessions, leafing through the mail, or relaxing on the porch are more meaningful in one’s own home than in a facility because it is the dwelling that creates the context of one’s life. The comforts of home supply a sense of peacefulness and privacy that cannot be replaced.
However, many people, of all ages, have a mental visualization in their minds of where older adults always go – to nursing homes, of course. What’s more is that many people are also are under the false presumption that life in a nursing home or assisted living facility is inevitable for the elderly. Could it really be possible to grow older safely and independently at home? Surprisingly, in home care can be a long-term, feasible option for many. Remaining at home not only provides the comfort of familiar surroundings and freedom from controlled schedules, but based on Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, home care can be a much more economical option as well.
To figure out if your older family member might benefit from the assistance of a professional caregiver rather than making the major decision to sell his or her home and move into a facility, begin assessing his or her level of functionality in the following two areas:
- Review Activities of Daily Living Needs: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are merely activities that we participate in on a daily basis. These activities are central to caring for oneself and maintaining independence, such as showering, getting dressed, getting in or out of a chair or bed, using the toilet, eating and ambulating.
- Examine Instrumental Activities of Daily Living: These are activities relevant to independent living and include preparing meals, managing finances (writing checks, paying bills), shopping for groceries or personal items, upkeep of a residence/performing housework (e.g. laundry, housecleaning), taking medications, using a phone, managing mail and traveling by way of car or public transportation.
Is in home care possible for your senior loved one? Regency Home Care in Atlanta can help you decide. Our compassionate and extremely qualified staff offer you an alternative to placing a loved senior in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Click here to contact us today to learn more.