Finding Alternatives to a ‘Nursing Home’.

It’s difficult in deciding on taking your loved one to a ‘nursing home’. Many things have to be considered before taking this step and deciding your elderly must, in his, or her, best interest, be admitted to a ‘nursing home’.

Moreover, the consent of the elderly person concerned must be sought before they are taken to a nursing home.

You will already be aware that going to a nursing home for the elderly is not going to be easy. For them, and for you

You will already have realised that for your elderly loved one, lot of things will have to be given up. Freedom, independence and the joy of being with their loved ones are what will be lost when an aged and loved person goes into a nursing home.

For this reason alone you are obligated to see going to a nursing home for the elderly life, for your loved one.

Yes. There certainly are alternatives to taking care of your loved one, without necessarily taking him or her to a nursing home. The following give some other ways of dealing with the problem.

  • Adult Family Homes: These are simply ‘residential homes’, for between two to six residents. These elderly persons are given room, board, necessary supervision, personal care and social activities. Some of these homes offer nursing care that can serve people with dementia, mental health and other developmental disabilities.
  • Boarding Home/Assisted Living: These are ‘community homes’ licensed to care for upwards of seven or more residents. They provide private apartments with an emphasis on ‘privacy’ and ‘independence’. The level of care assistance can vary along with cost of such accommodation.
  • Some Boarding Home/Assisted Living specialize in dementia and mental health care. An Assisted Living Home gives residents the advantage of their feeling of being at home, instead of in just an institutionalized setting. Each caregiver and manager is required to become certified, and often times the caregiver or manager lives in the home full time.
  • Community Care Services Program, (CCSP): This program provides community based services to functionally impaired persons who meet specific Medicaid eligibility requirements. Services include adult day care, alternative living services (similar to personal care homes), home-delivered meals, personal support services and emergency response systems. Persons must be Medicaid-eligible or potentially eligible to receive services under this program.
  • Home health and care agencies: There are agencies around you that provide help and assistance for aged ones like your loved one. These agencies come to your home, to take care of your loved one while you are out.
  • These agencies send skilled and non-skilled personnel into the homes of people who are incapacitated or who are recuperating from an illness. These services may be provided by registered nurses, physical, occupational or speech therapists; home health aides and companion sitters. These services are sometimes reimbursable under Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.
  • Caregiver: As an alternative to taking your loved one to the nursing home, you can employ a ‘caregiver’ that will be around, providing 24 hours attention and care needed by your loved one. It is required that a caregiver must be very patient and understand the special needs of the elderly and even more importantly. They must be able to interact very well with the elderly. It is advisable that you select a suitably qualified care giver by interviewing many candidates. To make very sure you have the right one.

So it seems that most of the alternatives to a ‘nursing home accommodation’ require lots of money, the need to have your loved one around you outweighs the cost of providing care for them at home. There have been lots nursing home horror stories of abuse and neglect situations. So, it is far better to avoid all that, if you possibly can do so, by giving your loved one the maximum attention he or she needs.

For More information in helping you with this "Nursing Home Decision".. see part 9.