Choosing from among the myriad of long-term care options can be daunting. There are many instances when home care is the right choice rather than nursing home placement or a permanent move to a retirement or assisted living facility. But how does one determine whether home care is the appropriate choice or if care in a facility is the better choice?
There are a few key items family members of a loved one in need of care should look at when making long-term care decisions, including:
- Activities of Daily Living Needs: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are simply activities that people engage in on a daily basis. These activities are fundamental to caring for oneself and maintaining independence, such as bathing, getting dressed, getting in or out of bed or a chair, using the toilet, eating and getting around or walking.
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs): These are activities related to independent living and include preparing meals, managing money (writing checks, paying bills), shopping for groceries or personal items, maintaining a residence/performing housework (e.g. laundry, cleaning), taking medications, using a telephone, handling mail and traveling via car or public transportation.
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Knowing a person’s limitations with his or her ADLs and IADLs is the first step in developing a care plan, and determining the type of ADL care that is needed can help families make the right choice in whether or not staying at home with care is an option. If you would like to talk with one of CareNet’s experienced home care providers about whether or not in-home care is right for your loved one, contact us in Anchorage, AK at 907-274-5620.