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Home Care vs Residence: Which Option Fits Best?
Thursday, May 05, 2005
We are evaluating care options for my aunt, who is 92. She is largely able to take care of herself, but leads an isolated existence. Is there a set of criteria for who is more suitable for home care versus a residence?
there is no hard and fast set of rules when it comes to deciding
between remaining at home with home care services versus making a move
to a residence which provides supportive and care services. There are
numerous factors to consider - your aunt's health status, safety
concerns, socialization, personal preferences, financial resources and
her support network of family and friends. The availability of suitable
home care services or residences, which varies from one community to
the next, is also important.
Given that your aunt is reasonably
healthy and independent, perhaps home care is a viable option, and
seeking out community-based social and recreational opportunities will
help to get your aunt out and involved moreso than the current
situation. Depending on her interests, local community centres,
seniors' clubs, libraries, churches or seniors' residences provide a
variety of activities and day programs she may want to consider. One of
the major advantages of a seniors' residence, aside from the immediate
availability of care and supportive services, is the fact that most
offer a rich and diverse social and recreational program, and one is
able to meet many new friends. This alone may be enough of a reason for
you and your aunt to consider moving to such a residence.
relates to your aunts health status, which may change during the coming
years, there are few things to watch for which may necessitate the move
to a seniors' residence. For example:
- she may become at risk of wandering
unexplained loss could be an indication that she is having difficulty
preparing balanced, nutritious meals and her diet is suffering as a
- blackened pots or other visible damage to the home may indicate that she is no longer able to safely live independently
- bruises or other signs of trauma may indicate that she is having difficulty safely navigating around the house or falling