Thursday, November 30, 2017
The National Institute on Aging has information for caregivers about various housing options for an elder when the elder can no longer live at home alone. When It's Time to Leave Home offers information for caregivers, not only about housing options, but about things to consider and questions to ask. For example,
Older adults, or those with serious illness, can choose to:
- Stay in their own home or move to a smaller one
- Move to an assisted-living facility
- Move to a long-term care facility
- Move in with a family member
Some families find a conference call is a good way to talk together about the pros and cons of each option. The goal of this call is to come up with a plan that works for everyone, especially your parent. If the decision involves a move for your mom or dad, you could, even from a distance, offer to arrange tours of some places for their consideration.
Before deciding on moving the parent into the caregiver-child's home, the website offers these questions for consideration and discussion:
Is there space in your home?
Is someone around to help the older person during the whole day?
What are your parents able to do for themselves?
What personal care are you willing and able to provide—moving your parent from a chair to a bed or toilet, changing adult diapers, or using a feeding tube, for example?
What kinds of home care services are available in your community?
What kind of specialized medical care is available nearby?