Caregiving your parents at their home is no doubt rewarding, but understandably difficult. It’s a positive in that you can spend quality time with them, while they continue to enjoy the familiarity of their home. However, there may come a time when chronic illness may require more intensive hands on care in a skilled nursing facility. No doubt the family faces an emotional decision that requires some practical thinking.
Here are some factors, you, as the caregiver needs to consider.
Caregiving: Can Your Parents Still Manage?
This is a difficult question as you have to balance the emotional versus the practical. Can your parents reasonably manage at home? Can you? What about your responsibilities to your spouse and children? How will moving into a long term care facility affect your parents emotional health?
Of course, leaving home for an aged parent is emotional and disruptive. On the other hand, a skilled nursing facility can provide the expert medical services, personal services, housekeeping, and transportation services where necessary.
Other very important considerations are factors such as illness and their ability to perform activities of daily living. For example, can they eat, bathe, dress, walk, and move on their own? Are they able to handle their financial obligations? What chronic illnesses do they suffer from and what is their severity?
And, from your vantage point, can you continue to provide them with:
- Consistent personal care such as moving your parent from a chair to a bed or toilet, changing adult diapers, or using a feeding tube, for example?
- How much time can you give, consistently? In many instances, home caregiving is itself a full-time job.
Caregiving: Questions To Consider And Answer
Of course, the objective is to come up with a plan that your parents agree to and are comfortable with.
Experts advise families to think carefully before moving an aging adult into an adult child’s home. There are a lot of questions to consider, and to balance out. For example:
- 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?
You and your parents do have some options such as:
- Move to an assisted-living facility
- Transfer to a long-term care facility
You can also contact the National Clearing House For Long Term Care to review your options:
If you do make the decision to transfer your parents or loved one to a skilled nursing facility, we would be happy to speak with you. Just give us a call, 856-795-3131, to arrange a tour of our facility and speak with our skilled nursing staff and physicians.