As we get older and become more limited in mobility, we start to think about what end-of-life care looks like. There are many different options depending on our health care, family and means. In any case, it is important to consider multiple care options to find what would make us most comfortable.
The most common way elderly folks are cared for is in nursing homes or assisted living. Nurses are on-call full-time to tend to patients’ needs and activities and meals are scheduled fully through the nursing home. Patients often have one room to themselves and spend time in common rooms or recreational areas when they talk to other people who live in the nursing home. Nursing homes vary in cost and size so there are a lot of them to consider when trying to find the right fit.
Adult Foster Care
An alternative to nursing homes is adult foster care Massachusetts. If you still need assistance but would prefer an atmosphere more like a regular house, adult foster care gives you the option to live at home with a caregiver. The caregiver must meet certain requirements and oftentimes takes care of multiple patients in the home. This option is better for elderly who do not want to live in a nursing home-style care facility.
Depending on the level of care you need, living in a retirement community can be an option as well. You can live in your own apartment or condominium and receive the perks and amenities the community has. You might be able to have access to game nights, a swimming pool and a recreational hall. You can also use this community as a way to be close to care when you need it. Visiting nurses can check in on you frequently, and your neighbors can keep an eye on you as well. Many of these communities will have emergency services and other methods to keep up with you while letting you have a high level of privacy.