What Are Personal Care, Senior Care, And Other Forms Of Care?
Seniors receive a number of different types of care to help them live their lives in a healthy and safe way. Personal care is a type of care that helps seniors accomplish the activities of daily living. These are the everyday tasks we all do to take care of ourselves. These are things like brushing your teeth, showering, getting up and down stairs, and preparing and eating meals. Personal care is just one form of senior care, just like companionship care, homemaking care, live-in care, skilled care, and specialized care.
Ask Yourself Where You (Or Your Senior Family Member) Wants To Receive Care.
Now that we know a little bit about senior care and personal care, the next thing to figure out is the best way to receive that care. There are two options: in a senior care facility or in your own home. There are different types of senior care facility—nursing homes, assisted living communities, Alzheimer’s and dementia homes, etc.—that provide their residents with care and allow them to enjoy a communal living style where they have their own space, but can also easily interact with others. Many seniors enjoy their lives in these communities, but this style of care and living isn’t right for everybody.
Many seniors love their homes where they live now. They’d be depressed if they had to move out in order to receive care. Even if a senior isn’t emotionally attached to their current home, they might not like a communal style of living. For such seniors, there is in-home care, wherein a caregiver visits a senior in their own home and provides personal care, homemaking care, companion care, or specialized care. This form of care is very convenient and, in most cases, more affordable than moving into a senior care community.
Introduce Care Services Gradually.
Different seniors react to care differently. Some welcome a little extra help while others resist it quite stridently. Going from no care to personal care can be a big jump for some seniors, so it can be beneficial to start with homemaking services. Getting used to somebody coming by to help with the chores can prepare somebody to receive help brushing their teeth in the future. Furthermore, it’s wise to institute something like companionship care right after an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis to get the senior in questions used to the routine.