During the holidays, you noticed that your mother seemed to need a little more help than she has in the past. Maybe you found that she wasn’t taking her insulin as she should, or the house was in disarray and it didn’t look like she had done laundry for weeks.
Although she might not be ready for an assisted living facility just yet, it might be time to consider at home care Massachusetts.
If your loved one can still live independently but needs help with daily living tasks, enlisting the use of adult foster care can be an excellent middle-ground solution.
How Adult Foster Care Works
Adult foster care provides seniors with ongoing supervision and assistance with daily activities in a home-like environment. That can be in the senior’s own home or an adult foster care home where the caregiver has no more than six residents that they serve.
Whether a senior needs just daily drop-in checks or around-the-clock care, adult foster care can be customized to fit different requirements.
Caregivers assist with several daily activities such as
- Preparing meals
- Shopping and running errands
- Driving to appointments
- Managing medications
For seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia, at-home caregivers can help prevent them from wandering off or hurting themselves.
Adult foster care providers are available 24 hours a day but may not necessarily be awake. Whereas, at an assisted living facility, the staff is awake and available 24/7.
Massachusetts is one of a few states that will pay for a friend or family member, such as a sibling or adult child, to provide 24-hour care for an aging adult in the comfort of their own home.
Benefits of At Home Care
The main benefit of adult foster care is that it allows a senior to stay in their home as long as possible. This also can save on costs associated with their care. Adult foster care is less expensive than assisted living and costs about half of what it costs for a nursing home.
Since adult foster care homes are typically smaller than assisted living facilities, residents receive more personalized service.
Adult foster care aims to provide safety and assistance for seniors while living independently as long as possible. Make sure to have a conversation with your loved one to find out their wishes so you can consider those when determining the right avenue to take for their care.