Unfortunately, as your parents get older, it is likely for them to begin to struggle with day to day life. You may think that they will benefit from some help in this regard and often this leads to considering the different options that are available in terms of care. Many people are unaware of just how many different types of care there are these days, there really is something available to meet everyone’s needs, no matter what they may be.
It goes without saying that you’re probably feeling under a lot of pressure to make the right decision for your loved ones and you will want to ensure that you choose the best option for them. To help anyone currently in a position when they are weighing up the different types of care, our team here at Companions of London have put together a list of questions that you should ask yourself. The answers to these questions will make deciding much easier.
How much support do they need?
This is one of the most important questions to ask yourself and maybe even them too. Think about what they need help with and whether this would take up as much time as a full-time job. Of course, this may change in the future as and when circumstances change but, for now, think about whether they would need full-time care of just someone at specific times of the day or week.
Is it safe for them to stay at home?
The majority of elderly people would prefer to stay at home rather than move into a care home, especially if they are still living with their partner. So, you should think about whether it is safe for them to do so, even with the addition of in-home care. Consider whether their property is adaptable to meet their needs, can they get a stairlift, is there a bathroom downstairs, etc.
What is their/your financial situation?
Whilst you may feel awful essentially putting a ‘budget’ on your parents’ care, realistically this is something you need to think about. You don’t want to get yourself into financial difficulties by paying for care that neither you or your parents can afford. So, take some time to consider both of your financial situations and how much money you can actually dedicate to spending on care.
Do they have any specific needs?
This question is quite broad, but you should try to think of anything that your parents need on a day to day basis to get by. For example, do they have any medical needs that they will need support with? Or do they need to be taken to regular appointments of any kind? Once you know exactly what these needs are, you can ensure any care you are considering meets them.
Have your parents got any preferences?
It is important to remember that ultimately, the final decision is down to your parents. Many people think that their parents will deny the need for a carer but actually they might surprise you. It isn’t uncommon for elderly people to know they need help and they may have a preference for what type of care they receive. Try to keep them involved when looking at different options.
Choosing care for your loved ones
The questions above should help you narrow down the many different types of care that are available. Don’t feel as though you have to rush into making any decision, take your time and do your research. Of course, as mentioned above, things may change over time so, the decision you make now doesn’t have to be forever. There is no harm in starting with simple weekly visits from a carer and then upping the number of visits or the length of the stay if you need to.
If you would like to speak to a home care agency about the different types of care available, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Companions of London. We will gladly provide you with any additional information you require about elderly care services and help you to ensure you’re making the best possible decision. You can trust that you are in safe hands with our team and we will not only provide you with tailored advice, but also the reliable care services that your parents deserve.