How to choose the right level of care for your parents

When you’re looking at care options for your parents, you need to look at the level of care required in order to choose the right care option. Here, we show you how.

Parents dedicate their entire lives to looking after their children so when it comes to looking after your parents in their later years, we all want to make the best choices possible. If your parents are beginning to need extra help with their day to day life, there are many different care packages available out there for you to decide over.

The most important thing you need to consider when organising a care plan for your parent is keeping as much of your parent’s independence and dignity as possible. Most parents will want to stay as independent as possible as no one likes to feel as though they have to rely on anyone else and so organising the right level of care to ensure that your parents are happy and still receiving enough help and care.

So what are your care options and how do you decide on the level of care which will best suit your parents?

Your options

The most obvious care option that many people immediately think of when their parents begin to require more help is the care home. There are many different types of care homes with some having a focus on nursing and medical help for adults who require medical care in order to be comfortable. Other homes offer personal care and practical help with personal tasks while some assisted living accommodation have a less invasive care level and instead provide elderly people with a safe place to live and socialise with other people.

Residential care homes can offer lonely elderly people much needed social interaction and they may also be the safest place for a family member to be, especially if they have advanced or progressive medical needs. With such a difference between care homes it is important to view and visit several homes in order to get a good feel of the place.

If your parents are not yet ready for residential care then you can organise homecare services which allow your parents to stay in their own homes and have care workers assist them in their home with a variety of tasks. The level of care you can organise in your parents’ own home can also vary from short visits to help with cooking and cleaning, longer visits to aid with shopping and personal care and live-in care where a qualified carer will live in your parent’s home 24 hours a day in order to provide any assistance required.

Making the best choice

Deciding on the right level of care for your parents should always be a joint decision with your parents at the heart of the final choice. Residential care may be unavoidable but in home care can help your parents to stay independent and within their own home for as long as possible. Moving to an unfamiliar care home can be distressing but staying in one’s own home has been proven to have both physical and mental health benefits.

Home care plans can be adjusted as needed so that your parents can get the level of care they require whilst being able to stay in the home they have worked so hard for.

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