We all want the best for our loved ones when they get older. When an elderly relative is no longer able to live independently or care for themselves it is up to their younger family members to choose their care plan.
The responsibility of choice can feel burdensome for some. It is important to weigh up all your options. Often the elderly loved one will want to move in with other family members. If this is not possible then the ideal solution is to either place them in a care home or for the elderly person to receive live-in care from their own home. Although a care home may seem convenient - they allow the elderly relative to meet and interact with people their own age and free you of some responsibility - it does have several flaws.
Some Care Homes Can Be Too Expensive To Pay For
In this case choosing a home care plan instead can be a better financial option. It can be hard for your relative to fit all their possessions into one room. They may have accumulated decades worth of belongings, many with sentimental value. Having to give up some of these possessions can be very hard for people. Your relative may also feel a loss of independence after being put into a care home. It is also not ideal for some people as pets are often prohibited in care homes as a general policy.
Losing Independence And Security
When receiving home care services, your relative will have the security of knowing they get to stay in their own familiar surroundings. They can still stay in contact with their close friends, family and neighbours. Your relative will also retain a sense of control, something that is often lost when they are placed in a residential home. Often an older person's mood will be happier when they know that despite not being able to properly take care of themselves at least their lives have not completely changed. Furthermore, home care clients retain full control over the care and support they receive. This sense of freedom is not usually felt by residents of care homes, who can often feel more like patients.
For this reason, when it comes to domestic care one of the better options is to provide your elderly relative with a personalised home care plan with trusted, reliable and professional providers. Often this option gives the client improved quality of life. Contact us at The Great Care Company today for more information.