What are the options for the elderly in your family who needs constant care? Learn how to take control of their safety while you still give them space to feel free. Here are some senior options to consider:
Let them live on their own
Some seniors would rather live on their own than feel like they are a burden to their family members. If possible, we should respect their wishes but also take precautions. If your elderly loved one lives on their own, consider installing a security alarm at their house. Other things you can do for them are: to install rails for the steps and in the shower, buy them a cell phone (that they can keep on them at all times), get your family, church and neighbors to check on them and hire a nurse to visit them periodically. Also make sure they have food and water within reach at all times. Caring for your seniors in their home is a great responsibility. It is very important that the entire family is on board with this decision for the safety sake of the elderly.
Find a nursing home
Some people have a lot of responsibilities and they don’t feel like they can handle watching after an elderly due to their busy lives. If this is your case, a nursing home is the best option for your senior.You can find the best nursing home by getting referrals from friends, checking with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints against the business and visiting the place several times before deciding. Take time to talk to the residents to find out how they like the place. The nursing homes have nurses on staff, cooks, fun activities and programs, field trips, plus a great way to socialize with others their age. However, don’t forget to visit with your senior at least once every two weeks (if not weekly) so that they don’t feel abandoned and unwanted.
Bring them into your home
If you have a spare bedroom and bathroom you can move your elderly in with you. This way you can keep a watch on their health, physical and emotional needs. When doing family activities make sure to involve them too. They would love to go fishing with you, for a walk in the park or a trip to a shopping center. Make memories with your elderly. Even in their old age they can still be fun. You are the best care taker for your family member therefore, having them live with you sounds like a great bonding experience. If you can’t be there with them all day long, you may want to hire a maid or just someone for companion while you are out.
The best thing you can do for your elderly is to love and communicate with them. Find out what’s the best senior solution for your entire family and turn the burden into a blessing.