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Indicators for Assisted Care

With the availability of community based services, seniors and their families will often strive to stay in their own home as long as possible. Staying in a familiar environment, finances, and retaining independence are some reasons that seniors and their families choose to remain in their home. But what about when staying at home is no longer safe? How do you know when mom or dad need more monitoring? There are indicators that additional assisted care may be required to keep your loved one safe.

Is there a lack of adequate food in cupboards or refrigerator? Have there been any falls? Are medications being taken as scheduled? Is there a lack of social interaction outside the home? Are there incidents of bed or clothing being soiled? Have mom or dad wandered and gotten lost outside the home? Is the family having difficulty meeting the needs of the aging parent? It may be time to consider assisted care options

When Home Care Is Not Enough

Non-medical home care may provide monitoring, medication reminders, light housekeeping, cooking, and hands on personal care. Putting these services in place can be a life saver by allowing relief for family caregivers. However, these services may average from $15-25 an hour and are not typically covered by medical insurance.

What if family members are not available to fill in the gaps of time not covered by the home care provider? What if dad has some dementia, and is at risk of leaving home and getting lost?

Depending upon the level of need and the hours of monitoring/care needed, it may become cost prohibitive to maintain care at home. There comes a point in which an assisted living home or community may be a better value in terms of amount of care and cost.