Reaching the point where you or a loved one cannot live unaided in the home is a difficult life transition that most families will encounter. It can be difficult to discuss senior care with a family member, and it can be even more difficult to find good senior care options that are both good and affordable. Fortunately, for those seeking senior care in Tucson, AZ there are professional agencies such as Senior Planning which can help you through this process. Here is a breakdown of some of the options for Tucson residents.
The first decision that you will have to make is whether or not you or your loved one can stay in the house that they are currently living in. If they are in need of 24 hour care, or if their health is suffering for lack of mobility or lack of ability to carry out the activities of daily living, this may not be an option. However, if they just need a little bit for help from time to time, in home caregivers may be an option. Those looking for in home caregivers should be realistic about how many hours of care their loved on might need to live in the home successfully. You should also consider how well the patient will do if they are without aid in the evenings and on weekends. However, for those that are still able enough, in home caregivers make a great compromise, allowing people to remain in their homes when they would rather avoid residential senior living.
Which is not to say that residential living is a bad option. Some people have a poor impression of residential senior living, but it really is a great option for many. If you are looking for senior care in Tucson, we recommend that you look at a few communities to get a general idea of what is out there. The most traditional option is a assisted living community. These are usually apartment style communities that give residents some privacy. However, for those who need higher levels of care, these communities are not always the best option.
No summary of the options in Tucson would be complete with residential care homes. These communities are small, usually only five to ten residents, but they have a number of advantages, such as 24 hour caregivers and lower cost. They can also deal with a wider range of ailments and disabilities then some of the large facilities. For those who need acute medical care, skilled nursing homes are the best option. We wish you luck in your search. If you need any help, give Senior Planning a call an we will do whatever we can to point you in the right direction.