For many people, the decision about how to provide care for an aging loved one is heartbreaking, and offers no easy answers. The need for a decision may be apparent for some time, or it may present itself suddenly (following a fall, for instance).
As we age, we begin to think about the later stages of our own lives, and few of us hope for an outcome that requires being placed in a nursing home. Similarly, it's hard to make the decision to place a spouse, parent or grandparent in a nursing home.
Arranging home health care for an elderly individual can be a solution that eases your mind about meeting the needs of your loved one while alleviating worry and guilt that would have accompanied relocation of the loved one to a facility. You won't have to worry about your loved one adjusting to a new environment, or experiencing neglect or abuse. You'll be able to keep closer tabs on your loved one without being the only one responsible for doing so.
In addition to peace of mind, in-home elder care also provides customization of services, as we'll learn in the next section.