Senior care homes can help you care for a disabled adult

by the Editor, SeniorInsider | May 31, 2011

Caring for a disabled adult can be incredibly difficult, often requiring senior care homes in order to give them the appropriate and necessary daily care they require. Although senior care homes can certainly become necessary for the disabled adult person, when they are required to leave their home and family, they can become extremely depressed. Additionally, the family members may have considerable guilt from putting their loved one into senior care homes because they are simply unable to provide the level of care giving needed. The decision to move a disabled adult into senior care homes can be one of the most difficult decisions that all the people involved will ever have to face.  

Senior Care Homes for Disabled Family Members

There are a wide variety of senior care homes and nursing homes which may be available for a disabled adult family member. Depending on where you live, you may have a bigger or smaller selection. Those who live in very small towns and want to keep their loved one close may have little choice in the senior care homes and have to “settle” for what is closest and most convenient.

Emotional Aspect of Senior Care Homes for the Disabled

Unfortunately, many people tend to think of senior care homes as the last stop before their death, and this mindset can cause some seniors to simply give up on their own life. While it is true that few seniors—especially those who have become physically disabled or developed dementia—will ever return to their own home and their past life, in many cases they can create a new type of life. While no one really wants or chooses to go into senior care homes or nursing homes, at some point there may simply be no alternative.

A disabled senior requires a huge amount of physical help in order to get through their day-to-day living. If their children live far away or work full time and have their own children at home, it may not be practical for them to contribute daily help. Many disabled seniors are unable to afford the round-the-clock home care in which would allow them to remain in their own home. The senior who has to give up their independence as well as their home and possessions may experience extremely negative feelings about the entire process. The loss and grief in this situation can be almost overwhelmingly emotional, and it could be a good time to look into some professional counseling or a support group for all involved.

Benefits of Senior Care Homes for the Disabled

One of the primary reasons a disabled adult will enter senior care homes is that they are unable to receive the medical home care they require in their own home. Home nursing care is not always available in every area, and many times it is simply financially prohibitive.  Because of the wide differences in insurance and hospital policies, many seniors are forced to leave the hospital after a relatively short stay. The disabled senior will require a wide variety of medical care, making a senior home or nursing home the most practical decision for the overall health of the senior.

Loneliness can be a factor for the disabled senior who is still in their own home. They may feel isolated and worry about their own health and safety. Their particular disability may make it difficult—if not impossible—to maintain their home, keeping it clean and livable. They may be unable to manage their medications, shop for groceries and prepare their daily meals. Senior care homes can solve all these issues for the disabled senior adult.

Finding Appropriate Senior Care Homes for the Disabled

The goal for the disabled senior adult when choosing a senior care home is that they be comfortable, safe, happy and well-cared for medically, physically and emotionally. It’s very important to check out each facility you are considering thoroughly, asking plenty of questions when you visit. Just a few of the things you will want to find out about include the licensing requirements in your particular state—don’t be afraid to check out the facility’s license and credentials—the credentials of the individual staff members, how many licensed RNs are on staff, whether there is a social worker on staff, what the meals consist of, and the overall activity and noise level as well as the cleanliness of the facility. Trust your instincts and talk to plenty of residents and staff when you visit.



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