Looking After Aging Parents: Which Care Option Is Right For You?
Finding the right care option for aging parents can be difficult. If they cannot live independently and you have no other relatives willing to step in and help, you’ll likely be faced with three options: care for them yourself, hire an at-home carer or take them to a care home. Here is a look into the pros and cons of each of these options.
Care for them yourself
Taking on the responsibility of care yourself could be the most affordable option. You won’t have the high fees of using a care service and you’ll be eligible to various carer allowances and grants.
If you’re close with your parent, it could also be a great opportunity to spend more time together. Some people enjoy taking on the role of carer knowing that it could be the last years they spend with their aging parent.
However, it will undoubtedly involve giving up a lot of time – especially if they need around-the-clock care. There could also be times that are physically and emotionally challenging and you need to be ready for this.
You may also have to move them in with you, which could have its challenges if you don’t have the space. You’ll likely also need to make improvements to your home and may have to buy equipment such as a hoist to get them into bed. You need to decide whether this is practical.
Hire an at-home carer
Another option could be to hire an at-home carer. This option often allows your parent to stay within their own home, which could mean less stress for them.
You meanwhile won’t have to give up as much time. It could also allow some of the less pleasant jobs to be handled by a professional.
You will have to consider the cost of hiring an at-home carer. This will likely depend on how many hours you hire them for and the level of their professionalism.
You also have to put your trust in someone else. Interviewing multiple carers could be a good idea so that you find one who you think had the best qualities to match your parent’s needs and personality.
Take them to a care home
Care homes can offer 24/7 care. For this reason, they are often the best option for elderly relatives with severe mental or physical disabilities.
Taking your aging parent to a care home will involve taking them out of their home and putting them in a new environment. You may not be able to find a care home to your liking in your local area, which could even mean relocating your aging parent across the country. At the same time, it needs to be local enough so that you can still visit.
Care homes can be the most expensive option and not everyone can afford them. Some people also have distrust for them. It’s best to do your research so that you find a care home within your budget that you can put your trust in.
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