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Our traditional Latino families often think we can do it all. We can keep up with our mental health, raise our families, and, on top of all that, be our seniors’ nurses. But is that the best option for us in the long run?
When it comes to coping with our disabilities when we reach a certain age, many Latino seniors prefer to continue living at home rather than move in with a family member or into a nursing home. Choosing the first option implies that they’ll need assistance at some point or another. On the other hand, a nursing home is a great option, but it depends on which type is required.
So, what are our realistic options? How can we help them choose the best help?
For starters, let’s dive into knowing the difference between home care, recovery care, respite care, and home health care.
What’s home care?
Home care covers in-home chores and household maintenance. This includes daily help with dressing and getting clean, as well as assistance with anything your senior might need. Home care also involves therapy, rehabilitation services, and short or long-term care for illnesses. This is a complete service, unlike home health care which usually focuses on recovering from an illness or injury.
What’s recovery care?
According to Comfort Home Care, recovery care helps seniors recover from injuries and illness faster than if they were on their own. Care involves assistance with activities of daily living, including, but not limited to, support with eating, bathing, mobility, and housekeeping. So, this is catered to seniors who have injuries or illnesses.
What’s respite care?
This is more of a short-term deal for the primary caregiver. The National Institute on Aging describes it as an arrangement where the primary caregiver gets a break for a few days or weeks that can be provided at home, in a healthcare facility, or at an adult day center.
What’s home health care?
Lastly, home health care is a service for older adults that live independently, even with an illness or injury. Home health care spans a variety of services and usually delays the need for long-term nursing home care.
With this in mind, hopefully, you have a better idea of what suits your abuela the best!