If you were to ask an elderly individual where he or she would like to spend the remaining days of his or her life, the answer would probably be something along the lines of ‘at home’. In fact, close to hundred percent (basically all) of elderly individuals would like to remain at home. Options such as nursing homes and the like seem very much loathe to these individuals. Part of the issue lies in both society’s stance on the issue, as well as their own averseness to living in an unfamiliar place. With such a point in hand, what would be the best option for your elderly parents? If you are troubled and cannot come to a decision, read on below!To begin with, you should understand that all elderly parents would like to remain close to their children in their final days. The issue is that nowadays, suffocating schedules and other commitments make it near impossible to provide full-time care to seniors – even if they live in one of their children’s homes.
Many children look at the issue objectively – they wish to have their parents fully taken care of, and if they cannot afford to do as such, they whole-heartedly believe nursery homes are a better option for their parents. To the parents, however, this sounds more like being ‘neglected’ by their children. Of course, not all parents are like that, and it is often possible to come to a mutual understanding.One such way to come to a compromise is to have an ideal home care facilities. This is basically having a care worker come over to check-up on the seniors to ensure they are doing okay, and to do some of the household chores such as cleaning and cooking, for example.
A care worker allows your parents to remain at home – whether that is a separate residence, or your own home. The home care worker will regularly come to check-up on them on days when you cannot afford to do this. Care workers do not provide simple check-ups, but they can go as far as providing health assistance such as dressing wounds, helping the elderly with medication, etc. (this is of course done under the tutelage of a qualified nurse). Not to add, they can also become an important part of the social life of your parents by engaging in pleasant conversation with them.
However, you should also understand that not all seniors can avail themselves of these services. Care workers do not usually provide live-in services, which means your parents should have a degree on independence and the ability to look after themselves (or otherwise, be residing in your home – with the care workers looking after them when you are at work for example). What is important is making sure to discuss the options with your parents.