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Where to start when an elderly family member can no longer manage at home

Published: 09 May 2017

Where to start when an elderly family member can no longer manage at home  

When an elderly family member requires additional care and is unable to continue living in their current home, there are a number of things to consider in order to help them make the best choices for their future. 

Sometimes the decision is a simple one, if for example, following a fall or due to illness, it becomes clear that the person cannot continue to live in their current home and moving to a care home may be required.  However, this is not always the case.  Changes to a person’s ability to care for themselves can be gradual and the decision to move from their own home to somewhere with additional support may be more difficult.

Your loved one may be reluctant to move from the home they have lived in for the majority of their life. Pre-conceptions of ‘Care Homes’ being under-staffed places where residents sit around all day in dowdy lounges and the fear of the unknown can all make the decision more complicated.

If your family member is living independently in their own home but needs only a little extra care or just the support of other people around them, perhaps after the loss of their spouse, an Assisted Living development could be more suitable than a Care Home.  This way they can continue to have their own independence, with a private apartment, but benefit from additional on-site facilities such as a restaurant, a lounge for coffee mornings and activities, laundry room, 24 hour onsite staff, domestic assistance and, if required, tailored care plans.

If you’re doing research on behalf of your loved one, it’s important to present them with all the options.  Organisations such as the Elderly Accommodation Council (EAC) have excellent websites with a wealth of clear information.  It also has a complete listing of care homes and independent living developments on its site.

Malpas Court is the only owner-occupied assisted living development in the Northallerton area, exclusively for the over 70’s.  Comprising of 62 retirement flats, close to the town centre with all the necessary amenities, it also has great bus links to nearby towns.  The development has a thriving social community with many activities happening weekly, from hobby clubs to movie nights, and a bi-monthly fine dining evening.



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