We know how you feel. You didn’t want your loved one to end up in a “home.” You may be thinking that you’re a bad child or grandchild or spouse for failing to take care of this person without professional help. But the truth of the matter is that you just can’t handle it on your own and need someone to be there for the person you love to make sure they’re getting the best care available at all times. And that is okay.
It’s going to be hard, yes. But we’re proud of you for taking a step toward better care for your loved one and more peace of mind for yourself.
When you’re sure you’re going to have to find a new place for your loved one to live, the question becomes, “But where?”
The good news is that you’ve got a few options.
Independent Living Communities
Also known as retirement communities or villages (or congregate care), independent living communities are the perfect fit for people who want to maintain their independence but could use just a little something extra. Most such communities offer meal plans and activities to keep seniors entertained, active, and, of course, well-fed, but residents live in their own apartments without much outside aid. An independent living community is not the place for anyone who needs to have eyes on them at all times (unless you hire someone for that purpose), but they can be a great fit for people who sometimes forget to feed themselves or need a little encouragement to stay active and social.
Assisted living facilities offer a higher level of care for people who can still be mostly independent but need some extra help with daily activities or simply cannot be left alone because of potential safety issues. Most such residences offer 3 meals a day in a dining area, make sure residents take their medication, and help with daily activities as needed. Staff members are available at all times, and many assisted living facilities offer some additional medical services as well.
Residential Care Homes
These types of residences offer a more home-like atmosphere than assisted living but with the same types of care (although services provided may vary greatly between individual facilities). Several patients and their caretakers live together but maintain the privacy of individual rooms and the independence of access to a kitchen and other recreational activities.
Check out four more options for residential care for your loved one on the next page!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?