Transitioning from in Home Care to a Community

Many families combine professional home care with family care giving. They might hire a non-medical caregiver to provide care during work hours or at other times. These arrangements work well, if an older adult doesn’t need skilled nursing care. However, what should families do when family care giving or non-medical home care is no longer adequate? There is no one indicator to pinpoint when someone’s needs move from home to assisted living or skilled nursing care but, there are a few signs that can help in the decision-making process.

Consider the individual who suffers from impaired memory. In the early stages, family caregivers might be able to adjust their schedules and monitor a loved one to keep him or her safe. However, as memory loss progresses, the person with impaired memory may wander away from home or become a danger to themselves and others.

The older adult who needs some help with personal care may require more assistance as time passes. For example, when an individual becomes bedridden, two people may be required to lift or turn them. In other situations, the person receiving care may require treatments or procedures that are best performed by skilled nursing staff.

The decision to move a loved one to a care facility is never an easy one, but families often find that it’s best. In fact, many people who move into assisted living or long-term care do better because of the professional care they receive. They can build more relationships, while enjoying the best care possible.