Wellness

How To Care for Your Adult Parents

Your parents have taken care of you all your life. As they age, they may need assistance from you. To maintain your loved ones’ independence and safety, homes can be modified with safety features. As time goes on, however, you may need to consider finding more assistance. There is a continuum of support that you can provide for your parents to help them stay active, healthy and safe.

Adult Foster Care at Home

There is a wide range of adult care services Massachusetts. One option is adult foster care at home. This kind of adult foster care is provided in your parents’ home, and the primary caregiver may be a close friend or family member.

Working a full-time job often means that you are not able to devote yourself to supporting the health and wellness of your parents without some agency compensation. Adult foster care at home programs can provide that compensation for a family member or friend who is caring for loved ones.

Massachusetts is one of only seven states that offer at-home adult foster care services. It is important to follow state regulations and to consult an expert if this is the approach that you and your parents choose.

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities are typically small homes or apartment complexes where socializing, cleaning, cooking and medical services can be easily accessed by your loved one. Assisted living facilities provide your relative with independence along with the comforts and ease of having a close community nearby. Spaces can be modified for someone who may need accommodations like extra light fixtures, sturdy furniture for balance, ramps, extra handrails or no-slip rugs. Choosing an assisted living facility should be done in consultation with your doctor and with the agreement of your parents.

Adult Care Homes

Often referred to as adult care homes, these facilities can help with daily living needs for older adults who do not require extensive medical care. One home often accommodates up to six adults and is supervised by the owner of the home who prepares meals for the group, helps with bathing or dressing, and provides transportation. These homes are situated in a larger community where residents can get to know their neighbors and visit community centers. Your doctor or health care professional can refer you to adult care homes in your area.

Skilled Nursing Care Facility

Another long-term care option is a skilled nursing care facility. Medical treatment provided here may include IVs, catheters, physical therapy, occupational therapy, prescription medications and monitoring of vital signs. Your loved one may need this level of care for a short time when recovering from an injury or for a longer time due to chronic health conditions. This level of care is covered by health insurance and is ordered by your doctor.

You cherish your parents and all they mean to your family. Talk with your parents and consider the best approach to providing the support they need.

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