Getting Help From Trained Nursing Professionals

Do you remember where you were when you realized you needed almost constant medical help? Life becomes less fun and less fulfilling sometimes when you struggle with ongoing medical problems, which is why nursing homes and assisted living facilities are such a valuable resource. I started focusing on finding great new places that could help me out, and I narrowed down the search quickly to include a business that was near to my home. After I moved in, I could tell that a tremendous burden had been lifted, and it was a really nice feeling. Check out this blog for more information.

Is Care From A Family Member A Substitute For Assisted Living?


Many people receive long-term care from family or others. People who receive care at home may wonder if an assisted living solution is worth considering. Here are some ways to determine if assisted living homes are still the right choice for long-term care when someone already receives care at home.

Can a Family Member Provide for All Needs?

Long-term care needs can vary greatly between individuals. A family member taking care of someone may have the ability to help with some forms of care. This does not mean the family member can provide all the care an individual may need.

A good way to figure it all out is to first assess the type of care someone will need daily or weekly. Some examples of daily care can include:

  • Medical assistance, care, or monitoring
  • Daily meal preparation
  • Keeping up a home (cleaning, laundry, etc.)

Other activities and needs can require assistance as well. Many of these things fall under the category of activities of daily living (ADL).

The ability of someone to perform ADLs can help to determine just how much care someone will need on an ongoing basis. Assisted living homes don't all provide the same services, but most of their offerings start with providing care for common ADLs.

Can a Family Member Provide Care In the Future?

Looking forward is important for those who receive care from family members. A family member who helps with care now may not have the ability to continue with reliable care in the future. Family members may have things happening in their own lives that can keep them from providing proper care.

Often a family member will have to balance frequent care of a loved one with all of the many things going on in their own lives. This can lead to conflicts between their duties and the care they need to continuously provide.

Sometimes the need to continue ongoing care can lead a family member to feel burdened or even resentful. Over time, the care provider can fall into poor or negligent habits.

For example, the care provider can grow accustomed to skipping certain parts of the needed care. Or the care provider may give in to inappropriate requests from the person they're taking care of. It there's an anticipation of future needs or gradual degradation of care, then preemptively choosing an assisted living solution can help.

Assisted living services come with a plethora of benefits worth considering. Even if a family member is available, the person receiving care may benefit more from the daily care, services, and community that assisted living homes provide.


27 May 2019