As much as you love and want the best for a disabled relative who came to live with you, you also realize that you are limited in how well that you can care for him or her. You work a full-time job and have small children of your own you still need to care for. You also have no medical training to understand how and when to administer the care that your relative needs.
If you have a loved one who needs some extra care, you may wonder what your next steps are. Some people consider home health care for senior loved ones, while others wonder if hospice is the right option.
So, which is right for your loved one? These are some things to know.
What Is Hospice?
To understand whether your loved one needs hospice or home care, you need to know what hospice is.
If you have an elderly family member who is thriving in their own home, you may be probably reluctant to suggest switching to an assisted living environment, particularly if your senior seems firmly committed to aging in place. Aging in place simply means that the senior stays in their own home instead of entering an assisted living facility, nursing home, or moving in with relatives. Many prefer this option because it allows them to retain connections with neighbors as well as with their greater community with the help of part-time caregivers.