Home! Sweet home! In many situations home care is a perfectly appropriate care choice rather than nursing home placement or a permanent move to a retirement or assisted living facility. Choosing home care may mean fewer dramatic lifestyle changes, and keeping the individual happy and feeling secure in the comfort of home. Making a decision to move into a facility and sell a home is an unalterable decision, once completed.
Prior to making a formal recommendation for long-term care that involves a move away from home, a complete assessment of conditions and prognosis should take place. Plus, formal and informal support systems should be made available for assistance, and financial ability for care should be checked.
The information below can help start the decision-making process.
- Look at Activities of Daily Living Needs: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are simply activities that people engage in on a daily basis. These activities are fundamental to caring for oneself and maintaining independence, such as bathing, getting dressed, getting in or out of bed or a chair, using the toilet, eating and getting around or walking.
- Look at Instrumental Activities of Daily Living: These are activities related to independent living and include preparing meals, managing money (writing checks, paying bills), shopping for groceries or personal items, maintaining a residence/performing housework (e.g. laundry, cleaning), taking medications, using a telephone, handling mail and traveling via car or public transportation.
Recognizing a person’s limitations is the first step in developing a safe care plan. Professional care managers, like those at Partners in HealthCare, are happy to discuss the most appropriate options for your loved one’s situation.