Caring for our ageing population can sometimes be difficult and hard to do, especially if we are close to family members or friends who seem to be experiencing difficulty as they age. Depending on what each individual experiences we may have several options on how to care for them as they progress in their illnesses or just progress in age.
Granted, some illnesses can be nearly impossible to care for on our own and we're often left struggling with ourselves, often leading us to difficult decisions of consider sending our loved one to the likes of a nursing home, which is not always what we want. Luckily though, there are a number of great solutions out there for those of us who want to care for our own relatives and friends in their own homes as they age.
One suggestion is to consider the employment of a live in caregiver. Depending on where you live, this can either be more difficult or easy to secure than it sounds, but can be incredibly beneficial and allows your loved one to remain in their own home well into their old age which is ultimately better for them and their peace of mind. While it can likewise be fairly pricey, it isn't necessarily as expensive as opting to move your friend or relative to a senior residence and therefore can actually be a money saver.
If they don't have a debilitating illness or serious mobility issues and just need a bit of help around the house every day, consider a general carer – one who pops in once or twice a day just to make sure everything is going okay. They can also do things like help with cooking, cleaning, medication reminders and the like to ensure your relative retains the most independence possible, while having a bit of a safety net.
The benefits to both types of caregivers is that they can also keep an eye out for any unusual behaviors or issues and feedback to the family, so that everyone can take necessary steps to getting medical help or advice for their ageing relative. The downside to having in home care is most commonly the cost associated with them; however, this option is still less costly than senior living facilities.