It is the goal of many senior citizens to stay in their own home as long as they can. However, as physical abilities decline and health problems mount, it’s not always a possibility. Long-term health care within the confines of a senior’s home is a solution, but it must fit in with a senior’s individual situation. If you’re considering arranging long-term home care for your parent, you should speak with an Ohio elder law attorney to find out if it’s the right move for your parent.
For example, if your parent is in need of round-the-clock, intensive health care, a home care set up may not be the best solution. The financial cost may be too much to handle, and planning for the different types of care your parent needs can become difficult. In this case, an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility could be the best choice for your parent. Seeking out the opinion of professionals who are experienced with elder care issues, such as geriatric care managers, geriatricians, and elder law attorneys, can help you determine the right type of care for your parent.
If it’s determined that your parent is capable of receiving care in their own home, there are several advantages they can benefit from, the most important being the feeling of independence and the comfort of remaining in their own home. These feelings cannot be overestimated, as the positive impact on their mental health can also provide some benefits to their physical health. However, it’s also important to note that socialization and companionship can affect your parent’s mental state. So, if they do stay in their own home, arrangements should be made for them to meet with friends and family on a regular basis, or to make trips to senior centers or adult day care centers.
Unfortunately, while home care may work for your parent during the current stage of their aging process, there’s no guarantee that they will be able to remain in their home for the duration. While your parent is still in his or her home, you should take the time to examine what other options are out there in the event that their required level of care increases, and how you can transition them from their home to a senior care community.
For more information about home care and how to help determine if it’s right for your parent, please contact one our Ohio elder offices at 877-653-3450 to schedule a free initial consultation.