>> Dec 8, 2013
It’s a sad fact of life but the number of elderly people put in care homes surges after Christmas. Recent research shows there’s usually a forty percent increase in the number of enquiries made about aged care homes during January which is thought to be due to families spending time with their aged relatives over the holiday season and realising that specialised care must be sought for them.
Many adult children have no idea how infirm their elderly parents are until the holiday season when they realise that caring for them could be an overburden they can’t manage. According to Martin Green of the English Community Care Association, “This phenomenon often results from the fact that people have been in contact with their relatives over the Christmas period and then they realise that they’re not able to manage because of illness or confusion.”
A forty percent increase in January is a massive surge in enquiries and it highlights the importance of providing suitable care for the elderly, either at home with their adult children or in a care home like Peverel Court Care in Buckinghamshire if adult children are unable to care for their elderly parents.
When should you consider having your elderly relatives cared for in a facility?
It’s a tough decision having your parents cared for in a care facility and one you shouldn’t take lightly. If you’re in a position in which you can care for your parents at home and doing so won’t overburden you, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to take care of your parents during their twilight years and if you have children of your own, then the time you spend together as a family will be even more special.
Unfortunately, however, this isn’t always the case and depending on your elderly parents’ condition this can prove unfeasible. Some conditions, like Alzheimer’s for example, require constant care and attention and even for someone who doesn’t work and has the time to stay at home with them this often proves difficult to manage.
One option, and one that’s worth looking into before you start making enquiries about elderly care facilities and homes, is hiring a care giver so your elderly parents can remain in their own home or stay with you for as long as possible. This is an option worth exploring because it can extend the time they remain somewhat independent and make it easier for you to visit and spend time with them. Moreover, it might also work out to be more affordable, which is something you’ll need to think of because there is money involved, and often a substantial amount.
Selecting a care facility for your elderly relatives
If you’ve decided there are no alternatives remaining besides having your elderly parents cared for in a facility there are a number of criteria you’ll need to look for in an aged care facility. Although there are far too many to list here, the following list will provide you with a basic understanding of the criteria that you’ll need to take into account when assessing the suitability of an aged care home.
- A good location close to your residence and facilities (cafes, parks and shops)
- A high standard of cleanliness and hygiene at the home
- Comfortable accommodation and adequate facilities
If you find there are no alternatives remaining and you’re sure that having your elderly parents cared for in a home is the best option, take a look at a reputable website to download a checklist of the criteria that you should look for in an aged care facility.
About the Author:
Peverel Court Care in Buckinghamshire is a leading company in residential and nursing homes. They aim to provide only the best facilities, accommodation and service to their residents.