So, what’s the Scoop about Residential Home Care?

Residential home care is becoming a great choice for families wanting more   personalized care for their loved one.

What makes this a great choice?    One provider said “Your loved one will get the care they rightly deserve.”   Let’s look at three areas:  1) Community 2) Medical Issues and 3) Hospice and end of life issues.

Residential care homes are a smaller community more like home.  Moving your loved one from their home is a big adjustment, but easier when changing their address from one home environment to another.  The larger environment can cause anxiety to those with memory issues as they are faced with the challenge of navigating to the dining room and back, confused with dealing with new staff as shift changes; waiting for assistance to the bathroom, or needing assist to change a brief.  The cost of service is usually less than the larger facility and no need for a personal attendant.

One on one interaction with staff helps the resident maintain the highest level of mental function and decreases depression, allowing them to participate in the everyday activities in the home.  To keep the residents oriented to their surroundings, the family is encouraged to bring familiar items such as pictures, a favorite chair, and a bed.

The kitchen and home cooked meals are just steps away.  Fresh fruits and veggies are a hallmark of the homes whereby keeping the residents regular.

Complex medical issues may not have to be treated at a long term care facility (evaluated individually).  Most homes use a physician service which serves to decrease trips to the doctor office.  Rehabilitation services, X-ray, blood draws, podiatry, etc., are available in the homes.

Finally, end of life issues and hospice.  Hospice is a wonderful service that assists individuals face end of life with dignity and respect.  They are a welcomed service to the homes, assisting individuals during their end of life journey.  This allows residents to continue to age in place with the providers they have come to love and trust without having to move to another facility.

Residential home care truly is a wonderful choice that can meet individual needs so your loved one will continue to age gracefully, with dignity and honor.

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