Understanding Personal Senior Care Options For Your Loved One

As your loved ones get older, you may notice they need an increasing amount of assistance. This may start when they need help getting dressed or bathing. It may progress to medication management or issues with helping your loved one with their memory. Over time, the need for assistance may be too much for you to handle on your own. You may start looking for personal senior care options. Here are some options to consider that may be available from your local nursing home or senior living facility.  

Skilled Nursing Care

Skilled nursing care is a form of personal senior care offered in many nursing homes. Skilled nursing refers to the care your loved one needs—leaning more toward nursing skills than assistance skills. For example, your loved one may be bedbound. This means they likely have more health conditions than someone in assisted living. A nurse will need to check on them several times a day, administer medications, and handle wound care if necessary. Skilled nursing is also for loved ones with dementia and similar issues. 

Physical Therapy Care

Physical therapy is something your loved one may need if they sustained a fall or if they had a stroke. They may have limited movement on one side of their body from a stroke. They may also have limited mobility due to arthritis or hip injuries and surgeries. All of these issues require a form of physical therapy that is ongoing and necessary for pain management. This type of daily or routine physical therapy is available as part of personal senior care in nursing homes and similar care facilities.

Activities of Daily Living

A common form of personal senior care is helping with activities of daily living. These activities deal with basic living and hygiene. For example, your loved one may need help getting dressed. This is considered an activity of daily living. Bathing, brushing your teeth, eating, brushing your hair, and similar activities are also included with this type of personalized senior care. Daily living may also consist of ensuring your loved one takes their medication in the right amounts and on time according to a routine. 

If you know you will need to find round-the-clock personal senior care for your loved one, contact local nursing homes. They can give you a tour of the facility and answer questions you have regarding the services they provide. You can also determine which facility may be ideal for your loved one if long-term care is necessary. 

Contact a local personal senior care service to learn more.