Should You Use Elderly Home Care or Become a Caregiver?

Should You Use Elderly Home Care or Become a Caregiver?

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Aging is a fact of life and we will all face old age just as some of our friends, relatives, and neighbors are doing so right now. While getting older isn’t something that should be feared, rather embraced as a new life stage, the facts of aging are less than attractive for most of us, with such things as dementia-related diseases, a changing body and mind, and the possibility of abuse: physical, psychological and financial.

Should you be concerned about a loved one who is becoming older, then the time might be upon you to consider some options on the best course of action for that person, along with their concerns also, of course.

Many people choose to be placed into long-term residential care, with trained full-time staff who can provide any care necessary, while others consider becoming a caregiver themselves.

However, the care industry on both sides is fraught with allegations of abuse and this is one of the key considerations when choosing a nursing home or appointing someone to become a caregiver for an elderly relative.

Abuse Among the Elderly

Elder abuse is very common with physical, psychological, financial, sexual, and emotional being chief among common exploitations. On a global scale, the World Health Organization reported that 15.7% of people over the age of 60 suffer some form of abuse, but the figure is thought to be much higher due to a pattern of underreporting.

Abuse can be difficult to spot but common signs include withdrawal, unexplained bruising, genital damage, depression, financial mismanagement, and medication mix-ups. If you suspect that a nurse, care home, or family member is abusing someone then you can report it to adult services, the police, or a reputable law firm to find someone to represent your case.

Home Care vs. Caregiver

Most home care is excellent at what they do and employs highly skilled nurses and management who genuinely care about their residents and know exactly how to treat specific ailments and conditions. However, a care home isn’t always the best course of action and the reporting of abuse against the elderly in understaffed homes is rising.

In some cases, it might be better to become a caregiver yourself in order to look after an elderly relative. This is, however, a huge responsibility and a decision that should not be taken lightly. Depending on the condition of your relative, you might be required to be available full time and therefore may not be able to work but financial composition might be available.

Responsibilities You Might Have

On a societal level, we have a genuine and moral obligation to care for vulnerable friends, relatives, and neighbors. Whether you decide to place someone in a care home or look after them yourself, the decision isn’t easy. Both options come with their own hard decisions that could alter your current lifestyle as well as that of the elder involved.

As a caregiver, you will be responsible for the wellbeing and health of an elderly person and will therefore be required to help them with mobility, personal hygiene that may include washing sensitive areas, medication, and finances. As such, you are entrusted with the most vulnerable aspects of a person’s life and the responsibility of care can weigh just as heavily on you as the person you are caring for.

*This article is based on personal suggestions and/or experiences and is for informational purposes only. This should not be used as professional advice. Please consult a professional where applicable.

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