If elderly loved ones can no longer independently care for themselves, they may need extra help. Your options for the care of your loved one may depend on the current state of his or her health. Here are some possible choices if you’re trying to decide on the best care for that person.
Home Health Aide
If your loved one needs help with personal care but can otherwise remain at home, you may hire a Home Health Aide paraprofessional independently or through an agency. This person may live with your loved one or come in during scheduled hours to help with moving, toileting, bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating. The HHA may shop, cook meals, do the laundry, and check vital signs.
Assisted Living Community
If your loved one needs significant help with one or two activities of daily living but otherwise functions independently, an assisted living community may be an option. An assisted living community houses seniors in private quarters. Services may include 24-hour supervision and security, medication management, personal care, meals, scheduled transportation, and laundry. In assisted living communities Southeast Denver, your loved one may maintain his or her independence and have opportunities for socialization and participation in enrichment activities.
Skilled Nursing Facility
If your loved one needs medical care, rehabilitation, or physical, occupational, or speech therapy, a skilled nursing facility may be an option. The design of a skilled nursing facility resembles a hospital. Some individuals may come to this facility for a short-term after an accident or surgery for recovery. Others, such as those with chronic conditions, may come for more extended stays because of the need for round-the-clock or skilled nursing care.
In Colorado, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities fall under the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. You can find local support resources by contacting the Eldercare Locator. If looking to take only a brief break from providing care for your loved one, you should check with the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center.