Which Care Option is Best for Your Senior Years?

There are many types and levels of support available for senior citizens, ranging from wellness checks to full-time care. Start planning for your senior years and ensure you get the retirement you desire!
Explore the possibilities and consider every option: test yourself with ‘what if?’ scenarios to help you make an informed and considerate choice.

Domiciliary care

Domiciliary care provides support with activities and hygiene regimes within your own home. Typically, domiciliary care provides a set number of hours of care per day; however, live-in domiciliary carers are also available to provide more intensive care. Choose a domiciliary care provider to support you in your senior years.

What are the benefits?

Domiciliary care promotes independent living and allows the service user to remain at home, which can be beneficial to wellbeing. The user also retains their independence with the ability to set their schedule (bathing, eating, and drinking) at a time that suits them.

Implementing domiciliary care staff also has the advantage of both being a source of social interaction, as well as not interrupting your surrounding social life!

In-home care is also very flexible, which means that your personalized plan can be adapted as needs change.

stairlifts-aging-geriatrics-home-care.jpgWhat are the shortfalls?

When provided within the home, care is often limited because of inappropriate facilities. Handrails and stairlifts can be difficult and costly to install in residential properties.

Although this delivery of care enables you to stay in your home even when you require help, it does involve allowing a carer into your personal space. This can be uneasy or confusing, especially if suffering from a memory loss condition, such as dementia.

Domiciliary care also doesn’t offer around the clock care, meaning that in cases of emergency, accessing help may be difficult.

Take away

Domiciliary care is a great option if you are set on staying at home, but it’s wise to create a back-up care plan in case your safety is jeopardized by remaining at home.

seniors-senior-housing.jpgSenior living communities

Senior living communities are a combination of housing and care for seniors. The level of care provided can be tailored to specific needs and lifestyles. Find senior communities that suit you and plan for your most refreshing years!

What are the benefits?

Having a community of people to regularly engage with provides a social advantage and is very beneficial for holistic wellbeing. Also, many providers plan a full schedule of activities to enjoy.

There is also a choice of assisted and independent living, which caters to individual preferences. Many have medical professionals on sight, manage medications, respond to emergencies, and are specialized in areas of senior care.

When moving into a retirement community, say ‘goodbye’ to house maintenance, yard work, and laundry, and ‘hello’ to salon treatments, water aerobics, and happy hours! Service users can access this kind of help, all included in their one monthly bill.

You will also have access to more amenities that are close to home, dementia-friendly, and completely safe. View a full list of potential amenities and note down your must-haves!

What are the shortfalls?

Despite providing a wealth of choice and complete control, many people are reluctant to leave their homes, particularly if suffering from a condition that causes confusion.

Take Away

Senior care living communities can provide a personalized care plan, perfect for any lifestyle!

To sum up

Domiciliary care is a great choice if independence and scheduling are important to you. Whereas senior living communities will benefit very social people with more intense needs.

No matter what you choose, the most important thing is that you have an idea of what you would like. Talk to friends and family and inform them of your decision; they can advocate on your behalf, should you ever need them to.




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Last Updated on January 29, 2021 by Marie Benz MD FAAD