When your parent can no longer live on their own (which is usually when they cannot perform basic life functions), where to take care of them must be addressed. The options are:
1. care for them in your home with a family member providing the care,
2. care for them at home with outside help,
3. use community housing,
4. or use a nursing home.
Cost will factor into your decision. Another key factor should be the wishes of your parent. A third factor is your or your family’s ability to provide the care. Each option should be carefully considered to provide the best care for your parent. Be honest with your abilities, resources, and time to provide care. There are also resources provided at both the federal and state level that can assist you in making this tough decision.
As a general rule, there are the following types of housing:
Shared Living Residences
Single Room Occupancy Facilities
Do your homework and make sure the decision is right for your parent.