Long Term Care

Biggest Challenge: Long Term Care

--Ralf

Response from DM: 

Dear Ralf:

Long Term Care covers a variety of aspects. Different options for housing fall under this category. Most seniors want to stay in their own homes. When this is no longer possible, the first option may be to elder proof your own home and move that elder in with you. Or, depending on where your senior lives, you may be able to find community shared housing.

The next level of care might be a retirement community. If some assistance is needed, an assisted care facility might meet the need. These facilities are best if the individual is basically high functioning and independent, but can no longer prepare his or her own meals. An assisted care facility provides social and recreational amenities as well as three meals a day.

When someone can no longer take care of himself or herself, and needs assistance in all activities of daily living (ADLs) then a nursing home will be able to provide full and comprehensive care.

There are, of course, different pricing levels in these types of housing. The best thing to do is to visit the facilities that you may be interested in, get their brochures, and take a tour. This will give you a better understanding of what they have to offer, what the costs are, and if they have a waiting list. Make sure to ask a lot of questions. That is the only way to make an informed decision. This takes time and energy, but you want to make a good match between the needs of the person you are caring for and their potential living situation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marion

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