Nursing Home Alternatives – What Other Options Are Available?

Nursing Home AlternativesPreparing for the final years in a persons life is not something anyone looks forward to. Whether it is for your parents or an elderly relative, or even making preparations for yourself, it is important to make sure you find the best situation for the person and circumstance. While nursing homes have been the accepted final residence for many people, there are now many other types of homes to consider.

Home care options

Many people would prefer in be in a home-like setting for their final years. Depending on the level of medical attention needed, there are alternatives to nursing homes or medical type facilities.

At home care. There are many times when staying in their own home is an option for many elderly or even terminal patients. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances often have coverage for at home care. These can include in home therapy, Meals on Wheels programs and even, daily adult care.

Board and care homes. These residential homes can be an affordable alternative to nursing homes. These are residences that typically have 2-6 beds available and allow for a more “home-like” atmosphere with more individual attention. Many do not have medical services available but can help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and urinary or bowel incontinence.

Hospice. For terminal patients, hospice care can allow the person to stay within their own home for their final weeks. This usually involves having in-home medical attention.

Community housing options

There are many different levels of community care that can offer alternatives to the nursing home environment. Depending on the independence level of the individual, these can provide assistance while still allowing for personal space.

  • Assisted living. These communities are often set up with individual apartments for the elderly. Allow residents live independently; they have access to bus services and activities on site. They also can provide help with daily services such as shopping and laundry.
  • Continuing care facilities. These communities often offer different levels of care: Independent, assisted living and nursing care. This allows for individuals to stay in the same complex and move to more care as needed, whether it is medical or help with their daily routines.

There are many more options available then just your typical nursing home when it comes to elderly care. Often it depends on the level of involvement by family members and what financial resources are available. The important thing to remember is that there are options and everyone deserves to find the best solution for their needs.

Moreover, regardless of the type of facility you choose, every individual has a right to be treated with care and in an environment free from abuse.  Families aware of any type of mistreatment should immediately bring the incident to the attention of the facility supervisor and the appropriate regulatory agency.  If the family chooses to seek legal recourse, an they may with to seek out an attorney to represent them in a lawsuit against the facility to recover damages for the related injuries to the individual.  Regardless of the type of care facility, no one deserves to be mistreated!

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