3 Long-Term Care Options for Aging Parents

Posted on Apr 26 2019 - 10:26am by Ella

While no one likes to think about their parent’s age, it is an unfortunate fact of life that they are not getting any younger and will require more intensive care. Some parents can be belligerent and stubborn about staying out on the farm while others find themselves unable to maintain even a small apartment. Understanding your parent’s needs is the first step to finding a place for mom and dad.


In-Home Care

Many families find the ideal care for their parents is in-home care. This involves hiring nurses, potentially 24-hour care, to be present in the home and help your parents. For elderly people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, staying at home can reduce the severity of their symptoms. Unfortunately, occupying a home by themselves can present a danger to them, so care is necessary.

The biggest obstacle when considering in-home care is cost. The average hourly cost of an in-home healthcare worker is $19 nationally. In some areas this cost can reach as high as $90 and, in others, as low as $9. Before ruling this out as an option, consider how intensive of care your loved one needs and whether they need 24-hour attendants. This can help you realize costs and decide if it is a viable option.

Independent Communities

Many aging parents consider independent communities the second best option to staying at home. Independent communities utilize personalized apartments for each tenant but reside within a greater community area. These communities have specially trained medical personnel on staff and resources for any health issues that arise while allowing seniors to enjoy their own space.

For older people with relatively few medical concerns, independent communities can be a great way to create peace of mind. They know they still have their own space and independence, but help is close-by if needed. The monthly cost of independent community apartments varies by location, size and how much care your loved one requires.

Nursing Homes

For many people, nursing homes bring to mind nasty odors and unpleasant memories. With plenty of news coverage about nursing home abuse, it is understandable that people are hesitant to place their parents in this kind of care. Fortunately, with new rating systems, you can determine how well a home is run before you place your loved one there.

Nursing homes are the most intensive care your loved one can receive. You can rest easy knowing that all medications, food and hygiene will be administered to your loved one appropriately. Typically, they will occupy a single room in the home and enjoy communal meals and living spaces with other residents. Nursing homes are great for avoiding the dangers of isolation present for aging populations.