Are you thinking about moving to a residential care facility? You could even be considering this choice for a loved one. If so, then there are a few alternatives that you might want to think about first.
When you consider long-term care, it’s important to understand why you might need this option. For a lot of people, it’s going to be tied to the fact that they are no longer in a position where they can easily manage and maintain their homes. That’s understandable as maintaining a home – particularly a larger one – will require a high level of mobility and motor control. You might not be in this type of position anymore. But rather than moving to long-term care, you could downsize. You can move to a home that is smaller and is more comfortable for you.
Or, you might want to consider going to a retirement community. Heading to a retirement community will provide a lot of the same benefits as long-term care. But, they will offer more independence than the typical care facilities can provide. A retirement community might have healthcare assistance and support on-site, but the main focus will always be on providing a safe and friendly place where you can grow old. A key benefit will be that you will be around people your age. This is going to make it easier to socialize on your terms.
Care At Home
Instead of heading to a residential care home, you could also think about options for care at home. In-home care is useful if you are not ready to say goodbye to the home where you raised your family just yet. It can provide you with a way to stay in familiar surroundings while getting the full support that you need. With in-home care options, you can guarantee that you can have someone around who can help you complete maintenance tasks and ensure that you have the resources you need to socialize with people outside the property too.
Living With Family
Or finally, you might want to consider moving in with a family member. This will usually be your son or daughter and their family. It can be great if you are close with your kids and want to spend more time with your extended family like your grandchildren. Some children will be more than happy to rearrange their homes to fit your needs. However, you do need to be aware that you will be putting your family under pressure. Particularly, if you require specific care needs that they will then need to provide. This is often combined with an in-home support choice.
We hope this helps you understand some of the key alternatives to a residential care home that you might want to keep in mind whether you are choosing the right option for you or your loved one. If you make the right decision here, you will be able to make the most out of your twilight years.
This is a collaborative post.