Caregivers everywhere are faced with a difficult decision when they come to a crossroad in the caregiving journey. Sometimes it is a medical emergency (a fall that leads to a fracture, a wandering incident in the case of Alzheimer’s, or a prolonged illness) that triggers the decision-making process. Sometimes, caregivers reach a point where, hard as the realization may be, they feel their loved ones need more care and attention than they can provide.
For some families, a transition to assisted living or other senior care facility is not an acceptable solution. It may not always be a matter of cost; it may be that family members want to honor their commitment to caring for their parent, grandparent, or other relative in their home.
Home care provides a welcome alternative to residential care, but that being said, it is still a complex transition and a decision that must be carefully evaluated before diving in. Though the person you are caring for will be in their comfort of their own home (or yours), the dynamic will change. A brand new person or even a team of people will be coming in to the home, and it will take time (and effort from your family) to learn about the unique preferences and care needs of the individual. This is not to discourage you from considering home care, but be aware that, though your role as caregiver will change, your support is crucial to the success of a home care arrangement.
Learn more about home care here at the blog.