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When Home Care Is Not Enough


Home care is a great option of your elder loved one that has low demands and does not have many needs that need to be met. Although when a senior does become frail and their demands become increasingly more difficult to manage with one individual care giver it may be time to look at other options. When your elder loved one is on their own for the first time all they may need is someone to be hired to come in and check up on them to make sure everything is going ok and assist them with small tasks around the home. Home care is a good way to start when your elder love one insists on not wanting to go to an assisted living program.

It may also seem to be a more affordable option than a nursing home or assisted living facility, which in the beginning that may be correct since your elder loved one can stay at home and just pay someone hourly to stop by every so often. But once your senior loved one needs around the clock support with going to the bathroom, getting dressed and someone there to simply keep an eye on them it will quickly become an expensive cost.

It usually starts with only having a home care giver stop by for two hours a day, three days a week. But as our elder loved ones begin to age their needs will increase and that will require someone to stop by 5 days a week 3 hours a day, then 7 days a week for 8 hours, etc. Eventually they will need a live-in aid which is very costly compared to an assisted living program.

On top of it being costly it may be a challenge finding the right caregiver that molds well with your elder loved one. In the beginning it may seem like a great pair with your elder loved one and the caregiver but over time you and your elder will begin to have problematic situations other than cost. Another problem is if you do find the right caregiver and they leave for another job, the whole searching process starts over.

Assisted living can be a great option for any elder loved one that needs assistance on a daily basis. Not only will you save money in the long-run but they will have 24 hour professional care and assistance. No matter the issue or time of day your senior loved one can receive help all for a low monthly cost compared to fluctuating priced caregivers that are not always around 24/7.

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