As our loved ones continue to age, there are often long term care needs that must be addressed. If you have a loved one who is in need of extra care assistance, you may want to make sure that you understand all of your options. Take a look at some of the information below to help guide you through the process. If you have additional questions, or if you need assistance choosing a long term care facility, meet with an estate planning or elder law attorney.
What is long term care and what are the options?
Long term care provides support for those who cannot safely live independently. Long term care facilities and services help to meet the emotional, medical, and daily needs of each individual. There are many different long term care options to consider. Each care option has its own set of features and benefits.
Nursing homes – Nursing homes offer health care and daily physical care support to its residents. If your loved one has serious health problems, this is an option to consider. He or she will be able to get some individualized attention and medical care while also receiving help with everyday living needs. Nursing home care tends to be very expensive.
Assisted living facilities – Assisted living facilities help individuals handle their daily activities. These are beneficial facilities because each individual is able to maintain some level of independence. If your loved one were to enter this type of facility, he or she would have his or her own room but would be able to get assistance with everyday activities such as meals, transportation, and social events. There are also many different social activities that he or she can take part in. Assisted living is generally not as expensive as nursing home care because less medical care and individual attention is required.
In home care – Home care allows an individual to stay in his or her own home. If your loved one is determined to stay at home, this is a great option to consider. Your loved one will be able to get help with everyday activities while also being able to comfortably age at home. In home care can be expensive, though, depending on the amount of time each week a caregiver is required.
It’s important to take a look at your loved one’s specific needs before deciding on a specific type of long term care facility or service.
What are some of the benefits of long term care?
With the help of long term care, your loved one will be able to live more comfortably and safely because he or she is able to get the assistance that is needed. This can also take some stress off of you, your loved one, and other family members because there is a plan in place and your loved one is receiving the level of care that is needed.
If you have questions about long term care, consult with a qualified estate planning or elder law attorney.