It’s inevitable as our loved ones get older, they will require care. Decisions on whether to put them into a nursing home or care for them at home can bring a lot of stress to the entire family. Thinking about their safety, monitoring, mobility, cost and one on one care should all be taken into consideration. About seventy percent of Americans who reach sixty-five need help and unable to care for themselves. As your elderly parent gets older, you want them to have the best possible care. Here are some important benefits of using a professional care facility.

Security

Caring for your elderly parent at home can often result in spreading yourself too thin. If you have kids at home, how can you keep track of them and your parents at all times? Parents with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease can wander away or fall down and get hurt when not properly supervised. At care home facilities, there are checkpoints with locked doors and nurses standing by to make sure that patients don’t go wandering off without an attendant at hand. Panic buttons are readily available as well so that patients can summon help to their side anytime they feel afraid, confused, or lost.

Independence

When your parents are living in your home and cannot take care of themselves, their freedom is greatly limited. You simply don’t have the time and resources to help them do everything they want to when they want to, and getting them from one place to another can often require extensive planning and a whole day of preparation. In a care facility, however, they have the resources for a wide variety of activities right there in the facility and staff to assist in whatever activity your parents are interested in. Trips are regularly planned and your parents have the freedom of opportunity.

Enjoy Your Time With Them

Caregiver burnout is very real and a serious problem for family taking care of family. It’s very taxing to be a nurse and caregiver to a fellow adult, and the daily grind can leave you exhausted and burnt out. This can make it hard to enjoy your time with your parents and even cause resentment. When you have professionals taking care of their daily needs, however, you can make every visit and activity a treasured memory instead of an endless chore. The decision to take on the responsibility for caring for a loved one can be overwhelming. However, you don’t have to handle caring for your parents all on your own. Find a home care center that works for your parents’ needs and you can both enjoy these final years together with greater ease.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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