Is it becoming more difficult to live alone? Have you noticed if a loved one is having problems taking care of themselves? Perhaps now is the time to consider Residential Care Services.
Eventually, support from family and friends may not be enough. Those who require full-time help may need to move to a residential care facility that will provide many of the long-term care services they need.
Residential care facilities also called board and care homes, or group homes are small private facilities typically having 20 or fewer residents. The rooms may be private or shared, and they receive meals and personal care, with staff available 24/7. They do not provide medical care and nursing on-site.
With experience in caring for the needs of the elderly, a residential care service provides a home-like environment, making the transition easier.
Most residential care facilities provide a full range of care services, such as
- Alzheimer’s and memory care
- Assisted living and care
- Short-term stays
- Hospice care
Every location has a comfortable home environment and is individually designed to meet the needs of seniors. As there is no institutional feeling, the transition is much easier, especially for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The caregivers have servant’s hearts and have been specially trained to make sure that every resident lives a wonderful quality of life.
A residential care home will develop an individualized care plan that is unique to each resident. The staff-to-resident ratio will be high, so they meet the level of care that each resident requires. The residents’ and their families’ peace of mind is assured knowing that there is always a qualified caregiver on hand to help.
There will be fun activities provided by staff and volunteers that nurture, enrich, and motivate the residents.
The home-cooked meals provided are specific to the individual preferences of the residents, with their tastes and dietary medical restrictions in mind.
Another care service that is offered by many residential care services is in-home care. Many individuals prefer it because of the convenience. Traveling is hard for the elderly, so receiving the care they need in the comfort of their own home is preferred.
At-home care is ideal for individuals recovering from surgery, the chronically ill, or the disabled. It helps them remain relaxed, which is ultimately better for them.
An at-home caregiver can also help by completing household chores. If the elderly person can no longer keep their home as neat and clean as in the past, caregivers can help. They will ensure that the resident can live comfortably in a clean home.
The preparation of meals is another way an in-home caregiver can help. Older people need more nutrients, and caregivers can help prepare the healthy meals they need. An older person sometimes shows a lack of interest in food. This is because of their decreasing sense of taste. They may understand that eating more food is better but is difficult because of the lack of flavor. A caregiver cannot restore a person’s sense of taste but can prepare meals in a way that is more appealing to an older palate. That will encourage them to eat more and help them get healthier.
Whether it is time to consider residential care services for your loved one or if in-home care will meet their needs, let a care facility handle their daily needs so you can focus on spending quality time with them building lasting memories.