According to recent data from the A Place For Mom network, many Americans are not knowledgeable enough about the senior housing and care options available today to make informed decisions. Without sufficient information regarding senior care choices, people may end up making arrangements for their loved ones that aren’t necessarily appropriate, or in their best interests.
The Senior Housing Landscape
As our nation’s senior population grows, so does the senior housing industry. There are more options available today than ever before - which is both good and bad. Of course, we’re all glad that we have the ability to choose where we spend our elder years, but for families that are looking for the right senior care option, the search can be exhausting. In addition, lack of education regarding home care systems and home care software leads many to discount home care options.
Over the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the types of housing available for seniors. Choices include:
- Assisted Living Faciliities or Independent Senior Apartments
- “Granny Pods” or Backyard Cottages
- Home Care - in particular agencies that offer home care systems and home care software
- Nursing Home Care – Quickly becoming a “last resort” option for most families
Deciding on a Senior Care Option
Identifying which senior care option is right for your loved one requires answering a few questions. Your responses will help you narrow down which arrangements would best meet the needs of your relative.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of daily assistance does my loved one need?
- Is there a particular health concern or diagnosis that requires special care?
- Would my relative be willing to move? Does he prefer to stay at home?
- Have I considered the benefits of home care and the use of home care systems?
Understanding Home Care Software
In a recent post, we discussed how many individuals overestimate the costs of home care. Similarly, many families underestimate the value of home care systems. Agencies that offer home care systems, such as ClearCare, give families peace of mind by providing point-of-care home care software that shows what goes on in each patient’s home – in real time. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes cannot offer this kind of visibility.
Include your loved one in the discussion of which senior care option is best. His wants and needs should be paramount. 90 percent of seniors prefer to live at home as they age, so understanding home care software and its benefits is vitally important.
Don’t wait until the last minute to research senior housing options. The sooner you start planning, the better off your elderly loved one will be.