If you’re like most people, you aren’t eager to spend time thinking about what would happen if you became unable to direct your own medical care because of illness, an accident, or advanced age. However, if you don’t do at least a little bit of planning — writing down your wishes about the kinds of […]
There may come a time in every caregiver’s life that you have to make a decision. If you are caring for a relative then you may well have to decide whether to register him or her with a retirement home with a view to procuring a room. If you have been caring for that relative at home for some time then it will be even more of a wrench to make that decision. You may well be unable to cope with the stresses and strains of it now, or the condition that your elderly relative may have worsened to the point that it is now impossible for the relative to remain at home. Either way, it is a difficult decision to make and you should do all of the necessary research to convince you that you are making the right decision. This article will provide you with a brief overview to help you make that decision.
There are various types of retirement home that are designed to cater for seniors in a variety of ways. General retirement homes can be split into two categories – residential and nursing. Nursing homes are designed for individuals that require better medical care. These are often the best choice for those suffering with the after effects of strokes and cancer, as well as catering for those with advanced forms of dementia. Residential homes are better for those who have milder forms of dementia and slight physical disabilities because they do not provide nursing care but do attempt to provide residents with a greater freedom. There are also specialist retirement homes that cater for specific illnesses if you are indeed looking for specialist care.
It can be difficult to choose a home for your loved one because of the sheer choice of retirement homes out there. Most are privately funded and have state of the art facilities so they are fully equipped to take care of any physical or medical complaints that they may have. As a result, it is hard to distinguish between them on paper alone and so visiting your short-listed homes may be a great idea, especially if you take your senior relative with you. You will able to choose between them if you sample the atmosphere and facilities yourself, and of course the reaction of your loved one may also play a big part in your decision. It is likely that they will initially appear happier during a visit to one than they are when visiting the others.
Before finalizing your decision, even if you do have one place in mind, you should always do your homework. You should look into the background of the home, how it is run and its health and safety credentials as well as asking around for feedback. Going into any situation blind is taking a huge risk, but would you really want your loved one to stay at a place that may flaunt health and safety provisions and could ultimately be damaging to their health?
Whatever you decide to do in the end, retirement homes can provide a safe and secure environment that will allow your loved one to live out his or her last days in peace with the best medical care available. It will also provide you with peace of mind. It can be a hard decision to make the first break but you have to ultimately do what is best for your loved one. If you can no longer cope as the primary carer then you should think of your health as well as considering what may be best for both of you in the long run.