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Are there other options available?
For those not ready for placement in a nursing home, there are a few other options. Each situation is unique, so these options may or may not be suitable.
In home care--caring for a loved one while they remain in their home. Family, friends, or home health nurses can come to their home to provide cares. If family and friends are able, this can sometimes be the affordable way to go. However, many caregivers find this to be extremely stressful and can put a strain on the relationship. Home health nurses can be rather costly, depending on what cares are being provided and how often.
Adult Day Care--taking aloved one to a daytime care facility. This can be a way for the resident to remain "at home" while not being at home alone during the day. Several facilities offer this service. A family member brings the loved one to the care center. During the day, the loved one is cared for by center staff, medications are given, bathing, toileting, feeding are done, and the family member is picked up at the end of the day. The loved one has the opportunity to participate in activities and socialize, but return home at the end of the day. Depending on hours and rates, this can be an alternative option.