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When families should consider long-term care

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2022 | Elder Law | 0 comments

Families cherish their senior loved ones, so when an aging person sees their health decline, the family may struggle with what to do. In many cases, assisted living facilities are necessary to ensure adequate supervision.

Since no one wants to rob a parent, grandparent or another relative of independence, family members should coordinate and agree on signs that indicate a senior would benefit from additional care.

Cognitive decline

Mental struggles and diseases, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, present new challenges for elders. These conditions often require long-term assistance to ensure that the senior receives prompt care and avoids danger. Conversations about changes are more productive with the individual’s input. Family units should try to discuss such decisions when the individual is lucid and determine how to cover expenses and how the arrangements affect the estate.

Chronic illness

Chronic conditions, such as heart disease, stroke or cancer, may require round-the-clock care, which can be difficult for families to provide. These illnesses can often lead to other health complications, adding to the load.

Difficulty with ADLs

Seniors struggling with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and toileting, can benefit from long-term care. Older folks may be more likely to fall or experience dehydration. In most cases, these seniors require regular aid to live safely and comfortably, and long-term care may be the solution.

Families can look to various resources to decide when a senior loved one may be ready for long-term care. Doctors or other healthcare professionals can provide valuable input. As each family is unique, no one decision is suitable for everyone, but a family can weigh the options and make the right choice for them.