older woman in wheelchair receiving elderly care from her caregiver
20 February 2016

Comparing Your Options for Elderly Care

Which Type of Elderly Care is Right for Your Loved One?

older woman in wheelchair receiving elderly care from her caregiverIf your parent, grandparent, or another elderly loved one is having trouble with their daily activities at home, it may be time to start considering elderly care services. One of the best options for elderly care is in-home care, which allows your loved one to remain in the comfort of their own home and still receive the quality care they deserve. In-home elderly care comes in many different forms, customizable for each senior and their family.

Learn about some of the specialized forms of elderly care below. You can choose from any of these or combine some of these elements to meet your family’s needs.

Companionship Care

Too often, seniors who need care and attention are sent to assisted living facilities, where they are treated as just another bed in a facility. They aren’t given the compassionate, humanized care they deserve. Companionship care is a relationship-based type of elderly care that will connect your loved one with a friendly, caring companion. Instead of being left alone without someone to talk to, your loved one will be supported emotionally as well as around the house with their daily activities.

Respite Care

Respite care is designed to help those who serve as caregivers for their loved ones on a regular basis. Even if you’re caring for your parent or a close family member, it can feel like a full-time job—one you deserve a break from when you need it. Respite care allows you to take some time for yourself, while leaving your loved one in the care of a trustworthy, compassionate caregiver. Available on a planned or as-needed basis, respite care can be a great help, whether you need assistance every once in a while or every other weekend.

24-Hour Home Care

Maybe you don’t live close to your loved one. Maybe you have a full-time job and can’t devote as much time to their care as you’d like. Or maybe they need someone in their home to help them feel comfortable throughout the night. When compared to the other options for around-the-clock care like assisted living facilities, 24-hour home care is a more personal, comfortable, safer, and more cost-effective approach.   

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care

Seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can benefit from specialized care services. Alzheimer’s and dementia care are designed with the needs of those with these diseases in mind. Caregivers are specially trained on the symptoms, progression, and unique concerns of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Transportation Services

If your loved one is unable to get around town—whether because of an injury or illness, loss of mobility, or poor eyesight—they may need assistance as needed. With or without a care schedule, your loved one can benefit from transportation services to help them run errands, attend appointments, and visit with friends and family.

Meal Preparation Services

As we age, we can experience slower metabolisms, start to lose the ability to absorb nutrients through food, and become physically unable to cook or clean the kitchen. If your loved one is finding it difficult to cook or clean, a caregiver specializing in senior nutrition can help ensure they can enjoy all the benefits of healthy eating. Their caregiver can help with grocery shopping, cooking, feeding, and cleaning—in addition to customizing a nutrition plan based upon your loved one’s taste preferences, dietary needs, and health conditions.

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