3 Alternatives to Assisted Living

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Recognizing when your loved one needs assistance in their daily activities is not easy. This person is often a parent who you’re close with, and have always viewed as a caregiver. If you have been around them consistently, it may be hard to notice when he or she needs help because it’s been a gradual process. It’s often the case that an outsider intervenes and brings clarity to the gravity of the situation. When you’ve concluded that your mother or father needs help, there are four avenues of assistance to research.

Adult Foster Care

One option for care is adult foster care Massachusetts. They can match your loved one with a person who is willing to take them in. Some seniors feel guilty about burdening their sons and daughters even though that’s not how you think. Living in adult foster care lets them be in an intimate environment with fulltime care.

Taking Him or Her Into Your Home

If you are retired or work from home, and have an extra room, you may move your loved one in. Living with family can be more comfortable, but also challenging to have to depend on you. If he or she has severe dementia or extreme physical issues that are better suited for a professional to care for, accept that having your loved one live with you, may not be an option.

Visiting Caregivers

If your loved one can stay with you, or even in their own home, you can supplement the care you’re providing with visiting caregivers. Some companies and professionals specialize in this and maybe needed for administering medication intravenously or changing catheters and bedpans.

Transitioning to a life where others are caring for you, and potentially moving out of a house you’ve lived in for decades, is a traumatic process. Be gentle with him or her and take his or her psychological needs, as well as their physical requirements into consideration.

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