Four ways to avoid Nursing Home Care

If you are like most older adults, you have likely seen the nursing home environment up close and you know it does not appeal to you. In fact, you would like to avoid it if you could.

Even though an overwhelming majority of older adults — 90 percent — want to stay in their homes as they age, many think this is an impossible goal. You might be surprised to learn though it is very possible to remain in the home you love. What is more, it is unlikely most older adults will need to enter a nursing home with the proper support.

In addition, many of the issues that land people in nursing homes — medication mismanagement, limited mobility, and forgetfulness — can be remedied with a few at-home modifications.

Here are some simple ways you can avoid the nursing home.

1. Handling Medication Safely

Medication mismanagement is a leading cause for admission to a nursing home. Forgetting a pill or taking one in combination with another medication can produce unwanted side effects. Add to that having to remember to take pills at the correct times and mixing up medications becomes more of a possibility.

If you need help organizing everything, ask a family member, friend, or neighbor to assist.

2. Making Home Modifications

A few easy fixes can ensure your home remains as safe as possible. Picking up throw rugs and securing any loose furniture can help prevent falls, and additions like grab bars can make getting into and out of the bathtub safer and easier.

3. Choosing the Right Physician

Your relationship with your doctor plays an important role in maintaining your independence. Regardless of the type of physician you see, you should never accept that your pain or other unpleasant symptoms are just a part of the aging process.

In addition, your doctor should listen to you, give you the attention you deserve, and respect your wishes to remain in your home.

4. In Home Care

Hiring an agency to aid with simple tasks as they become more difficult can delay the need to leave your home. Housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation and medication reminders are all within the lists of tasks that can be performed by home health aides.

You should not have to leave the home you love because you have reached a certain age. It is easier than you think to avoid the nursing home, and by making a few simple modifications to your home and activities, you can remain healthy and independent. 

To find out more about how Holli Care can assist you, contact our Nurse Care Manager today for a FREE consultation!