At Golden Heart Senior Care we hear from so many distraught and overwhelmed families who were recently told by medical experts that their elderly parent requires 24/7 full time care. This could be due to advanced dementia, frequent falls, or a medical condition that needs constant monitoring. In fact, many hospitals and rehabilitation facilities will no longer discharge a “high-risk” patient unless the family has first secured full time care.
Family members who are confronted with this situation struggle to find a solution that will satisfy everyone, particular the person who needs it. Your local Area Agency on Aging can be a good source of information as there are many options for full time care to consider and each comes with its own set of pros and cons.
- Skilled nursing homes are the best option for someone who requires the highest level of 24/7 care with daily medical needs. These facilities employ licensed and certified staff of various levels who can assist non-ambulatory residents with breathing and feeding tubes, critical wound care, etc. Skilled nursing homes are typically the most costly option, but they all accept insurance. One downside of these facilities is that the quality of care can truly vary from one place to the next so it is important for family members to visit often to monitor the level of full time care their loved one is receiving. Frequent visits by family and friends will also help the senior adapt more quickly to accept their new surroundings as “home.”
- Assisted living facilities are great options for seniors who are still ambulatory and do not have critical, daily medical care needs. Residents have their own apartments and meals are often served in a common dining room that allows for socialization. Many facilities also offer a variety of on premise activities as well as off-site group outings. If caregiving assistance is needed, residents are able to call for help from the staff. However, there are varying degrees of assistance that is provided by facilities and it often comes at an added cost to the monthly room and board.
- Memory care facilities are becoming more commonplace as the number of seniors with advance dementia or Alzheimer’s continues to rise. These facilities employ staff who specialize in full time care for people afflicted with severe memory issues and cognitive impairment. For seniors with this disorder — and especially those who have become physically combative or are prone to wander off on their own — memory care facilities are a wonderful option for full time care. However, transitioning the senior from their home to any new environment is often difficult, causing a great deal of confusion, anxiety and distress.
- Senior group homes are essentially assisted living facilities on a much smaller scale. While most do not offer all the bells and whistles of a larger community, group homes can provide full time care on a more personal level since the number of residents is usually less than 10 depending on the size of the home. Because of their smaller size, the general living areas
of a group home are shared; bedrooms can be private, or shared to save money. For seniors who crave companionship and can get along with most people in close-quarters, a group home may be a great, affordable living option.
- In-home care is typically the first choice for most seniors who require full time care because it allows them to stay in their own home. Even if they have critical medical needs, there are options to provide 24/7 care in the safety and comfort of their own home. There are thousands of agencies that provide varying levels of in-home care – from medical to non-medical. Golden Heart Senior Care-Rochester Hills is a non-medical home care agency, often referred to as “private duty care”. Services include personal care (hygiene, bathing, grooming), household assistance (meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry, errands) and companion care (medication reminders, social activities, companionship). Home care agencies often work in conjunction with home health care companies if medical services are needed, such as feeding tube or catheter care. Home health care agencies also provide visiting nurses and physicians, but most do not offer 24/7 assistance with activities of daily living. On the plus side, some home healthcare services are typically covered by Medicare, however the non-medical or homemaker services provided by a private-duty caregiving agency are not.
If your family is faced with a need for round-the-clock care for a loved one, the decisions that need to be made are not always easy. If in-home care would be a viable option, Golden Heart Senior Care –Rochester Hills welcome your phone call to discuss a customized, full time care plan to meet everyone’s needs in the most cost effective way.