When a Nursing Home Isn’t an Option: 3 Alternative Ways to Care for an Aging Parent

You promised your mother for years that she wouldn’t end up in a nursing home, and now you face a dilemma. Her needs are too great, and you simply can’t accommodate them on your own. You have options that won’t make you break the promises you have made. Take time to learn what is available so you can make the best decision for the type of care you secure. 

1. Adult Foster Care

If you want to keep your parent in their own home, adult foster care may be an option. Where it is available, a caregiver will live with the adult and provide assistance with activities of daily living. This may include bathing, grooming and getting dresses. Adult care services Massachusetts can be provided by another family member as long as they are not a legal guardian or spouse, so you might be able to offer the role to someone your loved one already knows.  

2. Companion Services

If your parent doesn’t need assistance at that level, but you still need someone to help keep an eye on her, companion care can help fill that need. In this scenario, a caregiver will visit the home at predetermined times to cook meals, play games and provide company. 

3. Group Homes

On the other hand, if you are not able to keep your parent at home, you might want to look at residential care homes. Sometimes called group homes, they allow older adults to live together in a home-like setting while still getting some basic non-medical assistance. 

While skilled nursing facilities have come a long way in the past decade, the idea of moving to one can create fear and guilt in a family. Learning about alternative options such as in-home aides, adult foster care and group homes can help you get the help you need for your loved one without breaking your promises.