Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

Are You Caring For Your Parent Or Aging Loved-One? Here Are Some Options.

Julio Carr

When a parent or aging loved one can no longer care for themselves, finding care for them can be overwhelming. There are many options when it comes to finding help for aging seniors. Here are some of your options, and considerations for each.

In-Home Options: These options allow your parent or loved one to stay in their own home

  • Telephone Call Assurance: Telephone assurance programs arrange people (volunteers or employees) to call periodically and check on seniors to make sure they are healthy and safe. This will also give your loved one someone to speak to, as getting out of the house for human interaction becomes more difficult for them. These programs are often free and can give you peace of mind.
  • Companions and Caregivers: Sometimes family members are exhausted and unable to stay with an aging parent or loved all day, so they hire a caregiver or companion to spend time with them and help them with household tasks. This option allows your loved one to stay in their own home, but not to have to be alone all of the time.
  • Visiting Nurses: You can also hire a visiting nurse to check on or your family member in their home. This is a good option when they need more than just companionship, but also some medical care.
  • Live-In Care: If your loved one wants to stay at their own home, but they need 24-hour care that you cannot provide, you may want to find a live-in caregiver for them. Live-in caregivers, from a company like ComForcare Home Care - Tarrant County, may or may not be medically trained, and will charge more if your loved one needs medical care as opposed to companionship or household help.

Residential Options: These options are available for seniors who can no longer stay in their own homes

  • Respite Care Facilities: Respite care facilities are places where seniors can live on a short-term basis. This is a convenient option if the family or friends who care for your loved one are out of town or need a break for any reason. Respite care is also helpful when seniors have particular needs which make them higher-maintenance for a short period of time, such as recovering from a medical situation. Respite care facilities can offer around-the-clock care in the times when seniors need it most, while providing them with the option of going home when they are ready.
  • Assisted Living Facilities: Assisted Living facilities offer residence some independence while offering the help that they need. Assisted living offers a home-like atmosphere for seniors.
  • Nursing Homes: Nursing homes are assisted living facilities with the addition of 24-hour medical care. Residents can live in private or shared rooms, depending on the facility and the level of care that they need. When your loved one is in a nursing home, you will know that he or she has the medical care they need at any hour of the day or night.

Hospice Care: When your loved one is facing the end of his or her life, hospice care is a place where they are kept comfortable and safe for the remainder of their days. Hospice care can be offered in-home or at a live-in facility. Hospice care does not focus on rehabilitation or cure, rather they focus on keeping patients happy, comfortable, and dignified as they face the end of their lives. Hospice care facilities also often offer counseling and advice for families facing this difficult transition.

With so many options for senior care, you will be able to find a good fit for your loved one.


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Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

As an elderly care worker, I have witnessed the deaths of many individuals. I have seen family members become angry, sad, and completely silent at the end. I have also seen individuals refuse to see family members out of denial. People deal with death in different ways, and the strong emotions are often unfamiliar and scary. If you have a parent or grandparent who is elderly, then I want to share with you what I know about end of life care and dying process. We are a society that does not talk about death, and this can cause great pain when a family member dies. Learn about the process and find out how to deal with your own emotions and how to love your family members at the end. If there is only a small amount of time left, then I want you to cherish the final moments.

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