How do I know what kind of caregiver my family member needs?
As those of us with elderly loved ones can attest, finding the right level of care – and at the right cost – for an elderly or ailing loved one is a difficult balance. Recently, The New York Times had some useful perspective on this issue a short time ago, and some pretty practical tips on finding types of care that help keep loved ones in their homes, healthy, happy and safe but without the overkill. Pick up some of those tips in the original article titled “Tips for Choosing Care for an Aging or Ailing Family Member.”
The range of needs an elderly loved one can develop, and for which you might seek aid, can run the gamut from simple to life-threatening, medical to cosmetic, and everything in between. Just as there’s not just one need, there certainly isn’t just one option out there for care. For instance, you might need someone to do basic housekeeping like cooking and cleaning. A hired homemaker can take care of these chores with gusto so long as no personal or medical care is needed. For a bit more, a home health aide can help with trickier needs like dressing and bathing assistance, but not actual medical care. And then once you get into the home healthcare arena, there are even more shades of care and ways of paying for such services.
For some tips and questions to ask when looking to match needs with the right service providers, be sure to read the original article. These types of services vary from state to state and community to community, but there are people out there with the information to help if you know enough to look for them.
Reference: The New York Times (May 2, 2014) “Tips for Choosing Care for an Aging or Ailing Family Member”