Deciding to move your parent to a retirement home is an extremely difficult decision. They have cared for you from day one and while you have done your best to look after your father or mother in their time of need, circumstances do not allow you to provide the care that they need and deserve.
You do not have to feel guilty about this decision though because retirement homes have evolved over the past few decades and have become places that residents are comfortable in and have come to enjoy.
Below are reasons to consider a retirement home for your parent that needs care.
1. Proper care
When your parents becomes older, chances are they will need assistance and care more and more. While you are committed 100 percent to making sure your father or mother receives this care, you are probably busy with your own commitments such as employment, raising a family, and looking after your home.
At a retirement home, your parent will receive the exact medical care that they need. Nurses and support workers are available 24 hours a day to ensure that he/she gets the nutrition that they require at meals, assistance with personal hygiene, and is receiving medications as needed. If your father or mother requires immediate medical attention, the retirement home will make sure he/she is seen by a doctor as soon as possible.
Care is based on your parent’s abilities. Therefore, if they are able to look after themselves they can enjoy all the independence they want. If they require assistance with certain tasks, help is always available.
2. No more house worries
Owning a home requires a lot of time and effort to keep it in good condition. This requires work to be completed inside and outside. As a homeowner gets older, it is not always easy for him/her to keep up with these demands.
Moving your parent to a retirement home means that you are relieving him/her of responsibilities of a homeowner that can tiring and challenging with age. This includes cleaning, yard work, laundry, groceries, and financial obligations such as roofs, windows, and any renovations that need to be done. While the move may be difficult initially, your parent will come to appreciate being rid of household obligations as they can concentrate more on hobbies and doing the things they love.
As your parent gets older, you worry about them more. This is because they are not able to look after themselves like they used to, may be developing illnesses that involve degrees of dementia, and may be more likely to be victimized or taken advantage of by door-to-door visitors or intruders.
When you move you parent to a retirement home, you will have the peace of mind that they are safe. Your father or mother will be under the care of nurses and support workers at all times and will be able to spend quality time with people in similar situations. Suites in retirement homes are designed to accommodate any time of limitations and employees of the home will be checking on your loved one frequently to ensure their safety.
When some people move their parent to a retirement home, they envision their father or mother being locked in a lonely place with nothing to do and no one to talk to. However, this could not be further from the truth.
The social scenes at most retirement homes are actually quite remarkable. Your parent will have no time to be sad and lonely as they are able to watch movies, listen to music, do some gardening, play cards, and participate in exercises such as dance and exercise all in the company of new friends. As a result, your parent may end up enjoying a better quality of life than if they were to remain in his/her home.