Neither you nor your parent should limit your housing options as you age. It is to both of your advantage to know what your choices are. Senior housing is not a one size fits all solution and despite the fact that many today want to age in place, in order to do so, your loved one’s house may need some modifications to make it safe.. Having a caregiver to help at home works well when your parent wants to remain in their home or downsize to a smaller home but prefers not to move to an independent or assisted living environment. A caregiver for your parent may provide companionship and services that cover tasks your loved one is no longer able to do for themselves such as maintain self-care, meal prep or assistance with medication.
If your mom or dad needs more care than the caregiver can provide at home, assisted living may be a choice for your parent, with the addition of a caregiver who understands your mother or father and their needs and requirements. Not all care providers are licensed to provide drugs or medical treatments, and for this reason, extra home care may be necessary, or optional living Your loved one’s caregiver may spend a significant part of their evening and night with your mother or father and may have time off while mom or dad attend adult day care or other services during the day. Your loved one may share their time between living at home and spending their days at a senior facility with a trained staff and other seniors encouraging a more active and involved lifestyle. Older adults are also spending their senior years as care providers not only for their spouses but children, grandchildren, and others.