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National Church Residences has dedicated a proven track record of excellence in providing homes and services to seniors, enabling them to live healthier and more satisfying lives. Our residents and clients include seniors of all income levels.
Quality Housing for Seniors . . . and More
Since the opening of our first retirement community in 1961, we have expanded our mission to include full-service retirement communities, affordable housing, an array of health care services, and housing for the disabled and other vulnerable populations. Today National Church Residences has 340 communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico. Find a community today.
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What are some of the options for getting help for my aging parent?
The type of care that you and your parent choose depends on several factors, including the parent’s health, level of activity and mobility. Distance, the number of family caregivers available and finances also may play a part. However, no matter the care option, be sure to involve your parent and relatives in the decision-making process, as well as consult your parent’s physicians.
Here are some types of housing and services you may consider for aging parents:
- At home. Many seniors can continue to live in their own homes or a relative’s home. If an aging parent lives at their own home, it’s important to regularly check in by phone or in person to see how they’re doing emotionally and physically. If you live some distance from your parent, find someone local to check in, such as a friend or neighbor. When your parent needs additional help in recovering from an illness or injury, or when your parent needs more support to stay at home, Private Duty care can be useful. National Church Residences offers this in Ohio only, but other organizations can be found in all states. Private Duty includes home visits providing assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, light housekeeping, shopping and meal preparation. The Private Duty team also can help you monitor medication routes, run errands, schedule appointments, do household paperwork and provide transportation. You can schedule as many days as you feel your parent needs. Although this is typical privately paid, the benefits are huge for adult children who get many hours back in their week to work and enjoy family life.
- At home with additional support. Sometimes a parent living at home cannot be left alone during the day. This is where adult day services is most useful. Our Centers for Senior Health provide transportation to and from the centers, where your parent can spend the day enjoying fellowship, healthy meals and activities. Some services, such as bathing, also can be provided. Other senior may need Home Health aides, who work alongside your physician to ensure that the doctor’s instructions are followed. Your parent could even receive rehab at home. Our team members including nurses, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapists, social workers and home health aides.
- Affordable senior housing. Seniors who are low-income may qualify for a beautiful apartment in one of our 340 affordable senior housing communities across the country. These communities have frequent events and social activities for residents. It’s important to contact the community as soon as possible as waiting lists often exist.
- Senior Living Communities. Many Senior Living Communities are located across the nation. Often these communities require an entry fee plus monthly rates. These communities often contain beautiful villas or manor homes and apartments with beautiful amenities and full menu of programs and activities to nourish the body, mind and spirit. National Church Residences has these communities in Ohio and Florida. Our Senior Living communities are typically privately paid.
- Assisted living: Often a part of a Senior Living Community, Assisted Living, which is usually privately paid, provides additional support to your parent so they can continue living safety in an apartment. This includes daily help with things like bathing, dressing, housekeeping, medication management, transportation and more. Some National Church Residences communities in Ohio offer affordable assisted living, which is government subsidized.
- Memory care: If your parent has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, a Memory Care facility can help them. Many Senior Living communities have Memory Care units. This also can help a senior who has a spouse with dementia.
- Rehabilitation Suites: If your parent needs therapy and specialized nursing services after a hospital stay, these licensed facilities can help stabilize and store them to health.
- Residential health care: Long-term care facilities provide care for seniors who require constant assistance and medical care. These facilities include 24/7 monitoring and care by skilled medical professionals.
- Hospice: Hospice provides care for those who have a life-limiting health issue. This may be at a hospice care facility or in a senior’s home. In addition to medical care for your parent, hospice also provides practical and emotional support for family members. At National Church Residences, hospice is not a place. It is specialized care designed for someone who has a life-limiting health issue.
Throughout the process of selecting a care option, be sure to ask many questions to determine if this is the right fit for your parent. The care option you choose should be comfortable for both you and your parent.
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How can I deal with the emotions involved in caring for my aging parent?
Every parent understands the responsibility and emotional impact that comes with caring for a child, but this is especially true when the roles are reversed and a grown child is caring for an aging parent.
The Pew Research Center and California HealthCare Foundation found that 39% of adults in the U.S. are family caregivers. Almost two-thirds of these are grown children caring for their parents or in-laws. While there is often a financial strain on families caring for aging parents, there are emotional challenges as well.
Both the aging parent and grown child often feel a deep sense of loss or guilt at their changed relationship. While the child previously looked to the parent for support and guidance, this role is now reversed. Aging parents may find it difficult to adjust to being the one who needs support and may find it threatening to their independence.
Often families face the most emotional stress when a parent has to be moved from their home to live with a grown child or move to an assisted living or long-term care facility. MORE magazine offers helpful tips for caregivers to overcome guilt.
The emotional impact of caring for an aging parent will have an effect on other aspects of your life: relationship with spouse, siblings and children, and even ignoring your own physical and emotional health. The American Medical Association’s Caregiver Self-Assessment Questionnaire (PDF) is a helpful self-evaluation to determine your own wellbeing as a caregiver. If you are feeling the emotional stress of caring for your aging parent, please contact your doctor for a check-up and a social worker to discuss additional care resources for your parent.
Also, there is additional stress should your parent have sudden medical issues and may require a new care option. Many national and local resources are available for caregivers:
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How do I find affordable housing for my parents?
National Church Residences provides affordable senior housing in 28 states and in Puerto Rico. Affordable senior housing costs no more than 30 percent of a person's income. Most of our communities provide housing for low income seniors who meet the criteria set by HUD. Our on-site staff can help your parents to obtain this support at the communities where they wish to apply. Click here to learn more and to locate housing.
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My elderly parents require more assistance than I can provide during the day. Where can I find help?
National Church Residences Center for Senior Health offers adult day services as an alternative to nursing home placement and homebound isolation. Our centers offer opportunities for socialization, participation in mentally and physically stimulating activities, and an environment that respects dignity and independence. Currently these services are available in Ohio. Click here to learn more about our Adult Day services.
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