Long term care: Early planning pays off

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Long term care is a general term used to describe various home and community-based services for adults who need help taking care of themselves.

If you’re considering long term care options for yourself, a parent or another loved one, start the research and discussions early. If you wait, an injury or illness might force your hand — leading to a hasty decision that might not be best in the long run.

Understanding types of long term care

Understanding the various levels of long term care can help you choose the type that’s most appropriate for you or your loved one. For example:

  • Home care. Personal or home health aides can help with bathing, dressing and other personal needs at home, as well as housekeeping, meals and shopping. Home health nurses provide basic medical care at home.
  • Day program. Day programs for adults offer social interaction, meals and activities — often including exercise, games, field trips, art and music — for adults who don’t need round-the-clock care. Some programs provide transportation to and from the care center as well as certain medical services, such as help taking medications or checking blood pressure.
  • Senior housing. Many communities offer rental apartments intended for older adults. Some senior housing facilities offer meals, transportation, housekeeping and activities.
  • Assisted living. Assisted living facilities offer staff members to help with activities such as taking medication, bathing and dressing — as well as meals, transportation, housekeeping and social activities. Some assisted living facilities have on-site beauty shops and other amenities.
  • Continuing-care retirement community. Continuing-care retirement communities offer several levels of care in one setting — such as senior housing for those who are healthy, assisted living for those who need help with daily activities, and round-the-clock nursing care for those who are no longer independent. Residents can move among the various levels of care depending on their needs.
  • Nursing home. Nursing homes offer 24-hour nursing care for those recovering from illness or injury and serve as long-term residences for people who are unable to care for themselves. Nursing homes also offer end-of-life care. Services typically include help eating, dressing, bathing and toileting, as well as wound care and rehabilitative therapy.

Discussing long term care with a loved one

If you’re researching long term care options for a parent or other loved one, include your loved one in the process as much as possible. Consider these tips:

  • Plan ahead. Don’t wait until a loved one needs a long term care facility. Start planning early so that you have time to evaluate the options together.
  • Work long term care into everyday conversation. If your mother mentions a problem turning on the faucet, for example, you might ask whether she could use help bathing or managing other aspects of personal care.
  • Listen to your loved one’s preferences and concerns. If your loved one is mentally competent, recognize his or her right to make decisions about long term care. Stay positive as you remind your loved one that his or her safety is your primary concern.
  • Involve others. If your loved one doesn’t respond well to your efforts to talk about long term care, involve trusted contacts — such as other loved ones, clergy, a doctor or an attorney.

The idea of leaving home or receiving in-home help for everyday activities can be distressing. The more you know about the options, however, the better choices you can make.

Source:  www.mayoclinic.com

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