Are you torn between sending your elderly mom or dad to a nursing home and hiring a certified caregiver to take care of him/her from the comfort of his or her home? If so, don’t worry because you are not alone.
Millions of people in the U.S have already reported to worrying too much about their elderly parents because they are unable to provide the care they need so desperately without abandoning their jobs – an option that is not so appealing to the majority.
Perhaps you’ve been thinking that the nursing home option is not such a bad idea. After all, sending the elderly to nursing homes has been the norm in the U.S. for such a long time.
But before you decide to send your dear parent away, why don’t you ask him/her what he/she really wants?
Studies show that senior citizens or the elderly want to stay at home with their loved ones for as long as possible. With this kind of information, it is likely that your parent too wants to spend the rest of his/her days at home surrounded by the people and the things he/she loves.
The truth is that unless your parent has an illness or condition that requires intensive medical assistance or attention, there really is no need to send him/her away. A practical alternative, in this case, is to choose non-medical home care where a certified caregiver or care aide can look after him/her while you are at work.
That way, your parent will continue to live happily at home with the dignity and care he/she deserves, while you get to keep your job.
Other than granting your parent the independence, dignity, and care he/she deserves, and allowing you to keep your job, non-medical home care comes with many other benefits that you may not have considered. Here are a few:
Top Reasons to Choose Non-Medical Home Care For Your Elderly Parent
- Non-medical home care is affordable
When compared to nursing homes and other facilities offering elderly care, non-medical home care is many times cheaper.
- Non-medical home care can prolong the life of your loved one
According to a growing body of research, home care can prolong and improve the quality of life for senior citizens and especially so if they happen to have a medical condition. This can largely be attributed to the comfortable, safe, and familiar surroundings which are believed to be highly therapeutic.
So, what exactly does non-medical home care cover?
Non-medical home care provides services that enable the elderly (and other individuals who may require care for one reason or another) to continue living in their homes normally and comfortably.
Such services may include meal preparation, feeding, bathing, dressing, laundry, medication reminders, running errands, and light housekeeping.
As you can see, there is absolutely no reason why you should force your parent to spend the rest of his/her days away from the things and people he/she adores just because you are unable to provide the care he/she needs without quitting your job.
The choice is still yours to make – nursing home, or non-medical home care. It is obvious that you love your parent and would want him/her to be in good hands whenever you are not around, so choose wisely!