Adapting Levels of Care As You Age

As you or your older relatives age, the amount of care and support that they need may also develop over time. This is particularly the case with certain diagnoses, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative conditions. However, it could also be down to decreased mobility from injury or arthritis, or due to a number of other factors.

It can be difficult to know how much care your loved one needs, especially when people are often too proud to admit if they need help or are struggling, hoping to hold on to as much independence and normality as they can. Let’s look at some of the different care options and how you can adapt this care as you or your loved one ages.

Home care

For anyone wanting to stay in their own home who still has the ability to care for themselves and manage a household to some extent, an in-home carer is a great option. Home care is extremely adaptable; you can hire someone for anywhere from an hour a week to full-time care. This allows you to get exactly the level of support you need to maintain your independence.

Depending on your capabilities, an in-home carer could carry out duties such as:

  • Household chores – cleaning, tidying, doing the dishes, etc.
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal preparation
  • Support with daily bathing and grooming
  • Transport for appointments
  • Medication management

Another benefit is the company and socialization that an in-home carer provides. An alternative option is for a family member to provide home care. Again, this could involve anything from occasional visits to full-time care.

Senior living

If you’re loved one’s needs develop or if home care isn’t the right fit, then moving into senior living may be a better option. Again, there is a range of options here, from a retirement community to independent living to assisted living. The latter two are the best options for those with care needs.

Independent living is a great option if your loved one can still take care of themselves, but requires support with certain activities. Support staff will be available, but not around-the-clock and often not specialized in advanced care needs such as memory care. It provides a place where seniors can live both safely and independently.

Assisted living has more comprehensive care, with nursing staff on-site for whenever needs arise. With such an advanced level of care available, assisted living is ideal for adapting to care needs as the residents age. Around-the-clock care is there if they need it, but it is still an ideal environment if they don’t yet need it.

Brookstone Terrace of Woodruff offer assisted living and special care tailored to a range of different needs and conditions. We adapt our level of care to each resident, ensuring that everyone gets the support they need while holding onto any independence that they can. Get in touch to find out more about assisted living in Woodruff, SC.