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When to Choose Long Term Care for Elderly People

Many families realize the need for home health care when they have an aged person who finds it difficult to perform certain chores alone. There is more need for this when the person affected prefers living alone to joining another family member who may be able to provide the basic needs of the aged one.

Depending on the state of the elderly person, it may be better to pay for the services of a health worker who can give long term care and adequate monitoring at home. It may be so critical that members of the family will have no other option than to provide assisted living services or send the aged person to a nursing care outlet. These options are the best under conditions such as those listed below.

Conditions for Choosing Home Health Care

• The aged person can still walk around but lacks the strength to do difficult tasks such as handling heavy items
• The aged person wants to feel independent
• The state Health Services approves the provision of standardized assisted living procedures
• The law permits the affected person to stay with a health care provider

Conditions for Choosing a Nursing Home or Long Term Care

• The aged person can do almost nothing by himself or herself
• He or she wants to stay in a nursing home to increase the chances of survival in the case of an emergency
• The family cannot provide enough money to pay for assisted living services in the home
• The aged person cannot take good care of himself or herself, thus making it needful for more people to always be around.

In some cases, sending the person to a nursing home is better than assigning health care personnel to the old person at home. Many diseases come up at old age, when the sufferer may have even forgotten the signs of certain illnesses.

It’s good to look at the conditions very carefully before choosing any particular kind of long term care, especially if the elderly man or woman still has vital roles to play in sustaining the existence of peace and unity amongst the family members.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Clifford says:

    If you’re looking for assisted living, you know that there’s no time to make a poor decision and that you need to get it right the first time. I would think that it is at this would be a good time to get a leg up on the average senior living consumer by learning from the mistakes other families have made in their search for the right senior care. I would also think this is an important enough decision for anyone that one would be willing to do due diligence on this matter.

  2. Doyle says:

    As far as choosing a long-term care setting for our parents, that’s a difficult task because we have one opinion and they may have a totally different opinion, but obviously it should be their choice. So I think going around seeing the kinds of places that are available in the community and of course matching it up with the resources that are available financially. It’s also important to discuss things with people in the community.

  3. Clifford says:

    This is a difficult time for anyone with aging parents. When money started to run short, my friend’s family heard about a 15-person facility that focused on dementia, which seemed like a good fit and was less expensive. For the past two years, my friend’s mother has required total care and uses a wheelchair full-time, but the staff at her new home have found ways for her to be as active as she can.

  4. Ronald says:

    Talking with your parents about what they want as they get older doesn’t have to be one long sit-down conversation. Instead, when the moment is right, think of working your concerns into everyday exchanges. I wouldn’t stall while waiting for the perfect opportunity or an emergency might arise before you’ve had a chance. Be intentional, and direct if necessary, but stay sensitive to your parents’ wishes and concerns.

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