As your parents get older, you may begin to see signs that they are becoming forgetful or out of touch. Your father may forget to pay bills or accidentally leave a roast in the oven too long. After a few incidents, you may begin to think a nursing home would suit him better.
Your father may need some help, but a nursing home might be an extreme move if he’s basically in good health. He has several options available. Here are some possibilities that are described on Helpguide.org.
Aging in Place
Many elderly people want to stay in their own homes as they age. There’s a lot to be said for the familiarity of the living space, the community, and neighbors. It provides a sense of stability and comfort at this time of life.
Aging in place is a viable option if the following statements are true:
- The elderly person has family, friends, and neighbors close by.
- The neighborhood is safe.
- Transportation is readily available, including alternatives to driving.
- The living space is able to be modified to accommodate the senior’s changing needs.
- Home and yard maintenance is not difficult.
- The person does not need high-level physical or medical care.
- The senior is still fairly mobile.
- The elderly person has an outgoing personality and will reach out for help and social support.
If an elderly person is able to age in place, several arrangements are available:
- A Village. Living in a village enables active seniors to stay in their own homes. The members of a village have access to specialized services, such as home health care, help with housework, and transportation for shopping and appointments. The village also provides social activities for its members.
- Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC). NORCs are similar to villages, but they are generally found in lower-income areas.
- Independent Living Facilities. Housing that is designed exclusively for elderly folk may include retirement communities, retirement homes, senior housing, and senior apartments. The facilities are more compact, easier to navigate, and provide assistance with outdoor maintenance.
- Living with Family. An option that may be available is moving in with a family member.
Assisted Living Facility
Assisted living facilities provide apartments or rooms for people who need some assistance with the activities of daily living, including help with taking medications. The level of help required and the choice of living alone or sharing a room determine the cost of such a housing arrangement.
Skilled nursing facilities, or nursing homes, provide the most in-depth personal and medical care of all facilities except hospitals. Residents’ care is overseen by a doctor, and nurses are on site virtually 24/7.
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