Many elderly people need help staying at home, but they also need help in other areas of their lives. This is why each Stay at Home agency assembles a Total Family Care Team made up of trusted providers of companion care, medical care, facility care, legal planning, financial planning, mortuary planning, home maintenance, and medical equipment.
There’s really no question that most senior citizens want to stay at home as long as they can. Not only does it make sense logically and emotionally—there’s nothing like the comfort of home—but it’s confirmed by research.
Still, the realities of life catch sometimes up with us. While Stay at Home can provide companion care for your loved one up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, that doesn’t always make sense, either practically or financially.
Even if we aren’t the best fit for your circumstance, though, we are an excellent resource for helping you make a well-informed choice. Companion care is one among a range of options for your needs. And because we allow your parent or other loved one to stay at home, we’re logically the first option to explore.
Other options include assisted living facilities, which operate much like apartment complexes with services provided, nursing care, when your loved one needs help with the activities of daily living, and a memory unit, when your loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia and can’t be left alone.
When we first meet with you or your elderly loved one, we get a sense both of your current needs and your likely future needs. In exploring your potential need for facility care, we have four specify questions:
- Do you have an immediate need for facility care for a loved one?
- Do you know all available options?
- Is convenience more important for your loved one or you?
- Is this a long-term or short-term situation?
Facility care might not be your first choice, but it is sometimes the choice that makes most sense. At Stay at Home, we have the experience, the training and the education to help you determine when your loved one can stay at home and when you need to explore more intensive options.
Information for this post comes from Andy Houck, owner and administrator of Stay at Home of Loudon.