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By: Jason Lom
Most of us are going to have to deal with this with aging parents or ourselves; what to do about deteriorating health of elderly family members. Some may even be experiencing more advanced forms of senility that require dementia care of Alzheimer's care. When this situation occurs, find the right way to treat it is essential.

There are basically 3 different ways to deal with the health care needs of aging parents. You can become their primary caregiver, send them to a hospital, nursing home, or other kind of medical facility, or hire an in home caregiver. For more extreme cases requiring dementia care or Alzheimer's care, it is almost certain that the help of a professional will be required-unless you are already a nurse or some other kind of licensed pro.

All 3 options have their pros and cons and the right choice will be different depending on the individual family circumstances. Some families have someone living close enough that is qualified and available to become a caregiver. But even if this is the case, it can often be a major drain on a person to perform dementia care or Alzheimer's care for a family member that they have been close to their whole lives.

Just seeing a person go downhill on a daily basis and knowing that there is very little chance of recovery is heart wrenching. The stress it can cause can be enough for the health of the in home caregiver to go downhill as well. This is why handing the need for Alzheimer's care or dementia care over to a professional is almost always the best choice.

So what kind of professional care is best, in home care or a medical facility? Well, that depends again on the priorities of the family. Some families would prefer to bring their loved one to a facility like a nursing home. This way, they can receive round the clock treatment safely inside their new home. However, there are a few problems with this option.

First, it is normally far more expensive. That level of 24 hour care is not cheap. Families have been known to lose their houses and other property just to pay for having their loved one in a long-term care facility. Quality of care is another issue. Whether it's basic dementia care or full-fledged Alzheimer's care, the quality is usually lower in a nursing home or other medical facility. Finally, once the decision is made to bring a family member to one of these places, for the most part there is no turning back.

For example, once you've moved them out of the house and into the facility, you will normally sell their house and many of their personal items. What happens if they aren't happy in this place? It's kind of hard to undo what you've done. In most cases, if they are not happy in the nursing home, the only other option is to move them out of there and in with one of the family members.

Hiring an in home caregiver, on the other hand, is a much more flexible option. If it doesn't work out, the family can also cancel the arrangement. Furthermore, the in home caregiver is likely to give far more personalized attention when performing basic care, dementia care, or Alzheimer's care. Finally, the loved one is likely to be much happier with in home care, because they get to remain at home, where they are most comfortable.


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