What Level of Care Does My Loved One Need?

by | May 8, 2024

Your loved one deserves the best support as they get older. Understanding what your loved one requires can help you ensure they get what they need for happier, more fulfilling lives. From in-home care providers to full-time living facilities, your loved one has options for assisted care. 

Understanding the Care Needs of Your Loved One

Everyone has different needs and preferences, which can change as the years pass. Determining what your loved one’s level of care should be can help you create a custom plan to help them live independently and successfully. 

Identifying Signs of Increased Support Needs

The first step in senior care is learning to spot the signs that your loved one needs more support. Keeping an eye out for changes in behavior and routine can help you see the signs early. If you’re noticing these changes, it might be time to consider assisted living:

  • Trouble cooking, bathing, taking medication or dressing
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loneliness
  • Down or repressed emotions 
  • Frequent falls or unexplained bruises
  • Behavior changes, like withdrawing from regular activities

Conducting a Comprehensive Needs Assessment of Elderly Individuals

If you think your loved one might need increased support, you can evaluate their living situation. Breaking down where your loved one performs tasks independently and where they need extra help allows you to decide what level of care to request. Here are some of the areas you should assess:

  1. Physical health: Look at their mobility issues, medical conditions and injuries. Are they able to move well on their own? Do they fall regularly? Do they have several medical conditions? All of these factors can influence someone’s ability to live independently. 
  2. Emotional well-being: Evaluate your loved one’s mood and social interactions. Are they more anxious than usual? Do they seem withdrawn or depressed? Are they confused or forgetful? Mood can be a sign they need more support but aren’t able to ask for it. 
  3. Daily tasks: Finally, assess your loved one’s ability to complete their everyday routine. Can they make their own food? Are they taking their medications? Does their hygiene seem good? Is their home clean? If your loved one is beginning to struggle with daily tasks, it is essential to give them support while they live at home. 

Senior Care and Living Options Explored

Once you know the areas your loved one needs support in, you can evaluate their care options. Senior assistance comes with different levels of care, so your loved one can get tailored assistance that helps them while supporting their independence. Options include in-home care, assisted living facilities and tailored care facilities. Here’s a quick summary of popular senior support options to help you find the best choice for your loved one:

  • In-home care: In-home care gives your loved one personalized support at their home. Caregivers perform cooking, bathing, laundry, company and more at your loved one’s home. This option provides support while keeping your loved one’s routine and helping them stay independent. 
  • Assisted living facilities: These facilities let your loved one live in a supportive environment while still remaining independent. They get assistance as needed while having a safe place to reside and visit other seniors. 
  • Other options: Other senior assistance options include skilled nursing facilities for constant medical care and memory care facilities for individuals with dementia. 

Consider your loved one’s needs, facility location and cost when looking for support solutions. Finding the right care level lets your loved one live comfortably while enjoying independence and qualified support. 

Exploring Care Alternatives

If your loved one can live mostly independently, you can provide extra support through living space adaptations and emotional care. Seniors living on their own might encounter safety hazards like stairs and slippery floors. Helping them navigate their home safely keeps them healthy, safe and independent. Additionally, it helps to give them emotional and social outlets to keep them busy and entertained. These strategies allow your loved ones to live at home confidently. 

Ensuring Home Safety for Enhanced Elderly Health and Mobility Needs

Even fully independent young adults can fall or injure themselves at home. As we age, navigating our homes can become challenging. Making simple adjustments to your loved one’s home can help protect them. Removing tripping hazards like rugs, installing bathroom grab bars and adding stair handrails can help them avoid falls. Rearranging furniture and adding extra lighting to make clear paths can help reduce their injury risk. Finally, raising toilet seats or adding shower seats can make daily tasks easier and safer. 

The Role of Emotional Support in Elderly Care

Seniors, like all people, love to maintain emotional and social connections. Encourage seniors to interact with friends and family regularly — use video chats, phone calls and visits to stay in touch. Additionally, you should plan activities with your loved ones, like games, park visits and hangouts, to keep them moving and engaged. Senior centers and local groups are a great way for loved ones to get social interaction and enjoy new experiences. 

Additionally, consider using professional caregivers to give your loved one some companionship and help with tasks. Creating a stronger support system boosts senior comfort and independence for a happier life. 

Crafting an Individual Care Plan for Seniors

Tailoring care to meet your loved one’s specific needs helps ensure they get the support and attention they need to stay healthy and happy. With professional caregivers and caretakers, you can give your loved one support that promotes their independence and safety. 

The Advantages of Customized In-Home Care

In-home care gives your loved one custom support in the comfort of their home. Caregivers will adapt to your loved one’s routines, preferences and unique requirements. This support helps promote independence and dignity while giving your loved one everything they need. Working with a professional service helps your loved one get essential support that also lets them maintain some control over their life. 

Seamlessly Transitioning Between Care Levels

As your loved one needs more assistance with daily tasks, caregivers from a caregiving service can help. Some seniors will require respite and rehabilitation therapy, which caregivers can help integrate into their routine. Eventually, our team can give you advice for planning their transition to assisted living or skilled facilities. Caregivers are essential for senior support, and they can give useful feedback on your loved one, helping you navigate the next step to get them the right level of support. 

Addressing Physical, Nutritional and Medication Needs

Additionally, a comprehensive care strategy will cover your loved one’s physical, nutritional and medical needs. Our team can provide in-home assessments, helping you develop a tailored plan that supports your loved one’s well-being and independence. Our caregivers can assist with mobility exercises, meal preparation tailored to their dietary requirements and medication reminders. A personalized care plan helps address your loved one’s unique needs effectively, helping them stay healthy and comfortable. 

Partnering With Village Caregiving for Home Health Care and Nursing Services

Village Caregiving provides tailored in-home assistance to seniors living at home. Our caregivers can provide a range of support services, like laundry, cooking and hygiene assistance. We’re dedicated to offering your loved one the support they require to live independently — we even offer 24/7 care options. We believe in providing services that give your loved one dignity and comfort, helping them to live at home and enjoy every day. Find a Village Caregiving location near you!