There may come a time when older loved ones may have to be put in a 24-hour care facility to ensure that they are taken care of. In fact, statistics show that there is a two in three chance for a senior to develop an impairment that requires elder care. Keeping this in mind, you should start planning ahead so that you find the best place for your loved one. Consider the following factors when researching your options, presented by Hands from Heaven.
Your Loved One’s Needs
There are many types of care, and the needs of your loved one should dictate what type of facility you end up choosing. For example, is your loved one suffering from a degenerative disease such as dementia, do they require care due to incontinence or disability, or are they recovering from an injury? Answering these questions narrows down your options.
Assisted living is for those who need minimal daily care. Residents generally live in an apartment-style complex, and staff may provide basic assistance with living activities such as bathing, exercising, or social services depending on need. In most facilities, three meals are provided daily, but some facilities may have the option for those wanting to cook their own meals.
If your loved one needs medical care, you may want to consider a nursing home. Residents of a nursing home generally have physical or mental conditions that require 24-hour care, guidance through a rehabilitation program, or extra assistance with everyday activities.
Memory care takes things a step further for seniors with more serious mental disorders. Memory care homes have a larger staff, all of whom are experts on the various needs associated with cognitive disorders. This includes increased supervision and security, resulting in a more expensive bill.
When choosing a home, you’ll want to consider its proximity to you. Your loved one may feel isolated if you cannot easily visit. Ideally, you should choose a home that’s in town or within a distance that won’t disrupt your work schedule or other responsibilities. Research shows that regular family visits help lower the burden on staff, increase public awareness and involvement in senior care, and benefit older people’s psychosocial well-being by increasing closeness and reminding them that they have a strong support network nearby.
The Facility’s History
Before settling on a home, take the time to check if the facility has a history of violations. Abuse can come in many forms, and unfortunately, because seniors are a vulnerable population, your loved one could be taken advantage of. Common types of abuse include emotional, physical, sexual, or even financial. Take a look at low reviews or testimonials of the facilities to get additional input.
Unfortunately, long-term care can be quite expensive, and because custodial care is not covered by Medicaid, chances are you’ll have to pay out of pocket. One option is to sell your loved one’s home to fund the care. Make sure you consider the effects of selling the house, including how your VA or Medicaid benefits change, and check out the prices of similarly sized homes in the neighborhood to get a general idea of what the home may be worth.
If your loved one has been recently hospitalized due to an injury or determined unfit to live alone, you may have to make quick decisions concerning elder care. When possible, make sure you set aside time to figure out the safest, closest, and most affordable option that has all the essential services your loved one needs.
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