As your loved one gets older, you might not be able to provide for all their needs. This is common, completely understandable and does not mean you failed. In fact, understanding when you cannot provide adequate care is a sign that you are highly attuned to their needs, your limitations and are committed to providing the best life for them at this stage in their health journey. There are many long-term care options available. Finding the right one for your loved one means balancing their wants and needs with a realistic assessment of what is financially and logistically accessible. The good news is, there are many options out there.
Home care is a service where a trained home health aide or nurse comes to your home to assist with medical monitoring, providing basic medical care and helping with daily activities like showering, cleaning and more. Learn more about our home care services.
For older adults still living independently or with a family caregiver, there are many community-based care support options that provide opportunities to socialize while giving caregivers time to focus on other responsibilities. These include programs like adult day care, which will frequently offer wellness and educational activities, in addition to supervision and medical services, as well as transportation-assistance programs and respite care services.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer different living situations based on a person’s needs. These typically include individual homes or apartments for seniors still living on their own, an assisted living community for people who need some help with daily tasks and a nursing home for those requiring a higher level of care. Residents can move from one living situation to another as their needs change, while still having the comfort of the friends and staff at the place that they call home.
State and federal programs are available that help pay for housing for seniors with low to moderate incomes. Some of these programs also help with meals and activities like housekeeping, shopping and laundry. Seniors typically live in their own apartments with rent payments based on a percentage of a person’s income.
Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill that helps them live comfortably and transition to the end of their lives with dignity. When hospice is the best decision, we offer hospice care that helps families say goodbye and find peace. Learn more about our compassionate hospice care.