millennial and her mom with early onset alz requiring around the clock care

author chris richardsonThe moment has come – it’s time to decide whether your beloved one must be placed in a senior care home. The decision is hard to make, and you might start having doubts about it. What if they won’t be taken proper care of? What if they’ll feel too lonely, and develop anxiety? There are all common questions you might ask yourself.

There are many reasons why senior care homes are beneficial, but there are also negative facts that must be taken into consideration. Considering detailedfacts before making a decision is crucial – you don’t want to have any unpleasant surprises. Here are some things to reflect on.

The Pros

They Will Be Supervised 24/7

As our parents grow older, taking proper care of them becomes challenging. They might need constant supervision – and how can one do that while working a nine to five job? Placing your parents in a senior care home will release the stress and anxiety that you might feel when leaving them home alone.

Nursing homes offer 24/7 supervision. If something happens during the night (or even during the day), your parent will have access to the best services. Senior care homes offer proper health care. During daylight, doctors are always there, caring for your loved ones, and assuring they stay healthy at all times.

They’ll Be Continuously Stimulated

Aging adults might encounter difficulties in their daily lives – they might lack a structured schedule, and sometimes even forget to take proper care of themselves. As we age, we need to continuously stimulate our brains in order to stay active. While you might be working or spending time with your family, your parents might be lying in bed, apathetic and fatigued.

Dr. Fernando Hilario, former freelancer at, shares his opinion. “Senior care homes work with your loved ones all the time – the nurses provide daily activities to stimulate the patients, and are very attentive to their needs. The nursing home life is scheduled, meals are provided daily, and there are even available options for the seniors to work out and stay in shape.”

They’ll Socialize and Make New Friends

It can be difficult for aging adults to feel part of a larger community. There are times when they’ll feel lonely and even sad in their own homes. Socializing is not part of their routine anymore, and let’s be honest – who doesn’t need to socialize? Belonging to a community of people with common interests and relatively close age is a great opportunity for them to feel integrated, loved, and young.

The Cons

The Costs Are Big

Putting your parent in a senior care home might cost you a lot. Getting the best services available is not cheap. Health services cost, meals cost, 24/7 supervision costs; there’s no way you can avoid that. However, there are options available for you, even when your budget is tight. Using your savings to take proper care of the person who’s taken care of you all of your life seems adequate, doesn’t it?

They Might Lack Freedom

Some seniors might feel constrained by constant supervision, as much as you enjoy knowing they’re safe. Make sure you discuss the decision with your parents too. If they are truly not happy about attending such a place, you shouldn’t force them to. If they are not open to it, they won’t feel integrated anyways.

If your parent needs to be taken care of because of a certain disability, make sure you chat with the director of the house, and ask them to give them some days off from activities every now and then. It’s good for your loved one to know they have a saying in this decision, even when they might not be fully aware of it.

They Might Go Through Challenging Experiences

We’ve all heard horror nursing home stories. There have been numerous cases of sexual abuse and maltreatment of the people that we love so much, and that might add to the anxiety. To avoid such situations, make sure you research your options well.

The cheapest doesn’t mean the worse, if money is what you are concerned about. But if you do go for the cheapest option, take precautions and read hundreds of reviews before making the decision!

Wrapping Up

Balance the pros and cons, and make a decision based on that. Don’t hurry, take your time, and research well. Talk to your parents, explain the situation to them, and help them stay healthy. Confine in doctors, and let nurses help as much as they can. In the end, your parent’s happiness and well-being is all that matters.

Chris Richardson has been working as an editor at a publishing agency in London, UK for 5 years. He is also a professional content writing expert in such topics as career growth, self-improvement, blogging, and technology innovations. Feel free to connect with him on Google+.

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