For an elderly parent who has lived in the same house for years, or even decades, the idea of having to move to a nursing home or assisted living facility is often something they won’t even entertain. Yet the realities of aging often require an elderly person to make changes to his or her lifestyle in order to live safely in the family home. If you have an aging parent who does not want to move to a nursing home facility yet who nevertheless needs assistance, there are a couple of options you may want to consider.
Modify the existing home to meet the parent’s needs.
If your parent has experienced a loss of mobility or is just having a harder time getting around the house, some simple modifications can make the home a much safer place. Adding bathroom handrails and grab bars is one option, especially near the shower, toilet, and bathtub. Motion sensor lighting and night-lights can also be a great assistance, as can additional smoke alarms and CO2 sensors.
Hire a home assistant.
Some elderly parents just need occasional assistance, such as help with household chores, maintenance, or more basic activities such as dressing and cooking. Full or part-time elderly assistance is available, as is in-home nursing assistance or others who provide home support.
A persons stay in their own home can be extended with some careful planning and modification of the home environment. Consult with an experienced and qualified elder law attorney to discuss options and resources available to your loved elderly family member.