As our loved ones get older, more and more families are choosing elder at hometo care for their elderly at home. There are several benefits to this plan, including:

Keeping your family unit together – The whole family benefits when you care for an elderly family member at home. The kids get to spend more time with their grandmother. You get to make more memories with your parents.

Maintaining continuity of environment – Many people stay healthier in home environments and avoid common illnesses and depression.

Peace of mind – When you're responsible for your loved one's care, you'll never question whether he or she is getting the best care possible.

If you're thinking about caring for a loved one at home, these tips will help.

  • Create a space that feels comfortable and is easy to navigate. Install grab bars in the bath and consider a tall seat for the commode. Place straight-backed chairs around the home so he can sit when necessary and stand up easily. Make sure your entryways and hallways are well-lit.
  • Talk with a nutritionist about any special dietary considerations you may need to make.
  • Ask for help when you need it. A home care nurse can assist with bathing, medication management, and other medical needs.
  • Make arrangements to appoint a power of attorney over medical, legal and financial matters. Being prepared will reduce the stress on all parties involved. Make sure you're fully informed about their needs, including medication and bills that need to be paid. You should know where all important papers are kept.
  • Check with your local council on aging and the National Family Caregiver Support Program for information about additional support services, including training and support groups.

Can you afford to care for a loved one at home?

Caring for an elderly family member at home certainly comes with a financial burden. You may have to cut back at work or even quit your job. But there are programs that can help ease your financial strain.

The Medicare Cash and Counseling Program can provide funds for hiring personal care aides and making home modifications, such as adding wheelchair access. Family caregivers can also qualify as a home health aide to receive these benefits.

The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit can also provide funds to care for a loved one or his/her widow/widower at home.

Long-term care insurance policies may also help defray some of the costs of home care, and you may be eligible for tax benefits.

A specialist in elder law can also help you set up a Caregiver Contract that enables your family member to pay you for your services directly.

There may come a time when you can no longer care for your loved one at home, and Embassy is here to help. We offer independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, bariatric care, dementia care, and hospice care. Call us at 888-975-1379 to speak with an admissions consultant.