Hospitals and nursing homes can be very depressing places. For many of the elderly people there, this is the last stop. Everybody passes away, but when you are in a facility like this, there’s something very sad about it. Until changes are made where these environments can be more accommodating and happier for long term patients, you will need to take care. Finding a type of care that is friendly yet professional, and warm but covers all of their medical needs is the key toward success here.
Finding compassion in senior care is the alternative. End of life care, respite care, and any type of senior care in general should be filled with love. Finding the right caregiver for your loved one is important, not just because you want their basic needs to be met without breaking the bank, but because you want the people you love to be as happy as possible. This is a tough time in life, but it shouldn’t be a depressing one. Senior care is something that is supposed to be joyous and if yours currently isn’t, then changes might be necessary.
A professionally trained caregiver fulfills a very important purpose. On a very basic level, this person helps with daily tasks like fixing and serving meals, helping with dishes, laundry, and tidying up, and making sure daily care and grooming are accounted for. On a deeper level, a caregiver is an angel of sorts. They are a companion, someone that is trusted and loved, someone that your loved one will look forward to seeing every day.
In-home care avoids the hospitals and nursing homes, if only for a little bit longer. These places do have important functions, but so many people that are placed here do not actually need to be. Give your loved ones options if at all possible. Put yourself in a financial position where you will have options later in life. If the intensive care of a nursing home isn’t what’s best for them, try to do all you can to ensure that this isn’t where they will spend the rest of their lives. In-home care is much more affordable, but it also avoids the cold impersonality of a sterile environment. It keeps them in their homes, the place they have lived and loved in for so many years. It’s comfortable and it’s far more friendly. All you are doing is bringing the help that they need to keep going to them, rather than sending them to the help.
In other words, compassionate care is your goal. You want both: you want the love that your family members all experience at home, but you want the care that is necessary for their safety and health provided, too. In-home care isn’t the only type of care that can accomplish this, but it is the only one where your family is taken care of on a daily basis where they do not need to leave their current living space. Once you accomplish this, hopefully a lot of stress will be erased from both your mind and the mind of the person in need of care.