In Wisconsin, about half of the assisted living providers are adult family homes, but they offer only about 1 in 7 of all assisted living beds. In many states, these small homes are an option that often slips under the radar.
The truth of the crisis is real; if an aging adult is in need of care, chances are good that the family ends up being burdened with the responsibility of caregiving, whether physically or financially. And the toll is high.
Providing care in a home-like environment, adult foster homes (AFH’s) provide peace of mind and support to families in such a way that families can become family members again and step away from the role as caregiver. The benefit is not only to the new resident of the AFH.
Many families are unable to afford the high cost of senior care, so the burden often falls on unpaid family caregivers, some of whom give up jobs to care for loved ones. Meanwhile, some of those who might be able to afford professional care might have a harder time finding it because Hawai‘i isn’t meeting the demand for long-term care workers such as certified nursing assistants, registered nurses, home health aides, case managers and drivers.
Many nursing-home workers simply don’t look at the elderly as mature adults, but as children who must be policed out of fear of legal or medical repercussion. Most facilities do not train their staff to see residents as sexual beings. Older adults are much more forthcoming than you might think. Keep in mind that the love of children and grandchildren can’t satisfy a person’s needs for love, romance and companionship.There are all kinds of implications with this, of course…
A group of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have developed an app-based pilot project to help relieve stress and offer support to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.