Managing Long-term Elder Care
When senior citizens find that they have a harder time doing daily activities andfunctioning in everyday life, they may consider the option of utilizing some kind of long-term care. There are many different ways that senior citizens and those coordinating their elder care can seek assistance without creating a financial burden. Though some options will be discussed in this article, it is always best to discuss your needs with your physician and family in order to make the decision that best fits your needs and abilities.
There are many people who volunteer or work with non-profit organizations that provide caregiving services to senior citizens. These groups tend to help with basic daily life activities like shopping, traveling, or providing prepared meals to those who have difficulty accomplishing these tasks on their own. The following is a list of services that are typical in many communities:
Adult day care
Senior citizen centers
Friendly visitor programs
Help with shopping and transportation
Help with legal questions, paying bills, or other financial matters.
In home health care is a more personal option that provides more focused and individual attention to senior citizens who require aid for longer periods of time throughout the day. There are in-home health care agencies that provide elder care for senior citizens who need the extra support apart from what friends and family already provide. Apart from agencies, you may consider hiring independent in-home health aides. You can locate independent aides through www.TheCaringSpace.com and other resources. Using an independent caregiver may be more cost-effective than using an agency. In-home health aides can offer help with daily activities such as preparing meals or household chores as well as general health management.
Senior citizens who require extra assistance may be able to live with family or friends in something called an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). Smaller unused sections of the house like a basement or attic can be used as ADU, which typically serves the purpose of maintaining privacy while providing safe and accessible living space for loved ones who require aid. ADUs can also be added onto an existing house.
by: Michael VaughanAbout the Author:Michael Vaughan is a social activist who is working to determine suitable standards for all home care centers. For about two years he has focused on issues of home care centers and has talked with many people about their experiences with home care agency agencies. He currently works with TheCaringSpace.com