Nursing Home Alternatives to Consider
There are many care options for the elderly beyond nursing homes, including in-home care, assisted living, and retirement communities.
You and your loved one as they age
This is a very common situation. It's a common scenario for adult children who have an older relative that is unable to live independently. Many people have misconceptions about long-term and senior care. This can cause them to delay making important decisions until it is absolutely necessary.
Long-term care doesn't have to be a final destination. There are many options available depending on the person's medical and functional needs, financial situation, and personal priorities. You can plan ahead to make the best decisions for your loved ones and keep them safe.
Is it a good idea to live alone?
First, get your loved one to complete a comprehensive geriatric evaluation. This is a questionnaire that evaluates a person's well-being and health. The assessment considers factors such as nutrition, physical function, and mental health. Together, they can help determine whether a senior is able to stay in their home safely. This is usually used for seniors 65 and older who are suffering from a serious illness such as cancer or show signs of frailty.
"Typically, the assessment takes around two hours and can shed light onto specific needs, issues, and concerns," says Steven Buslovich (a New York-based physician who cofounded Patient Pattern).
This is important because it could reveal if someone's medications cause fatigue, lethargy, or cognitive problems.