Acknowledging your parents require care can be extremely difficult, especially for them. Losing the ability to complete daily activities such as dressing, cooking and more personal issues such as continence can not only be frustrating for your loved one, it can also be scary as they begin to lose their sense of self and independence.
Thankfully, there are multiple care options for your parent; from home care to aged care facilities. When you and your loved one have both accepted it’s time to look for care options, you’ll need to decide which avenue to choose.
Is at-home care the best option for your loved one?
At-home care is the best way for your loved one to maintain their sense of self, and causes minimal disruption to their life and routine. Being surrounded by familiar possessions, surroundings and people can help your loved one feel safe and comfortable despite losing some of their independence. Staying in their own home can also help enhance the efficacy of home therapies such as occupational therapy and physiotherapy as there is less new information for your loved one to process.
Your loved one’s comfort and security is paramount to you, and thanks to advancements in at-home care services, you and your loved one can now choose their carer and their level of care. Deciding on a level of care offered by at-home services is up to you, your loved one and your home care provider. Together, you can decide if your loved one needs help with groceries and cooking, or if more personal services such as continence and mobility assistance are needed.
Great at-home services will also work with you and your parent to choose the best carer that fits with their personality, cultural sensitivities and gender preferences. Being able to personalise care services can help your loved one feel more in control of their care, feeling part of the process, rather than an outsider to a decision made about them.
At-home care services personalised for your loved one are a wonderful option for your parent if they are not a danger to themselves or others. Helping your loved one stay in their familiar surroundings causes minimal disruption, and can help your loved one maintain a more positive, independent mindset.
Is an aged care facility right for your loved one?
Seeing your parent develop debilitating illness is devastating, both for you and for them, and finding the right way to care for them can be difficult. Thankfully, aged care facilities have adopted modern practices in the past few decades, and are the safest avenue for those loved ones who have become highly dependent mentally, physically or both.
If your loved one has developed dementia and is experiencing significant memory loss, lapses of judgement and loss of capacity, you will be filled with constant worry. In this case, their safety and the safety of those caring for them can become threatened at home. Aged care facilities offer well-trained staff who specialise in dementia care, known as ‘sensitive care’ to help you loved one feel safe and settled.
If your loved one requires high level care for incontinence or personal hygiene or a complex medical issue, an aged care facility may be the safest, least stressful environment for them. Great aged care homes offer 24-hour nursing staff to help with personal care including everything from continence to dressing. Really great aged care homes also employ allied health professionals to help your loved one stay active and engaged in recreation such as aqua aerobics, in-chair exercise classes for those with mobility issues, and occupational therapy to ensure they have all the tools to stay as independent as possible.
Aged care vs Home care in a nutshell
You and your loved one must decide together which care option is best for them, but as a general rule, consider their safety and wellbeing:
- If your loved one feels safe, secure and is not a danger to themselves, you, your family or their carer; home care is likely the best, least disruptive solution. Home care brands offer assistance with everything from daily chores to dementia care, continence and palliative care.
- If your loved one is unsafe at home, or requires high level care due to severe loss of cognition or a highly complex medical situation, an aged care facility may be the safest option.
If you’re looking at care options for your loved one, consider government funding schemes to help ease the financial stress of this already difficult situation. Remember you’re not alone: There are countless professionals around the country to help you and your loved one maintain health and happiness as they age
Article provided by Absolute Care & Health