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5 Tips That Can Help You Plan For Long-Term Care
Posted By: Becky Davis - 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM

Many avoid thinking about the day when they can no longer take care of themselves, or when a loved one is not able to live on their own anymore. Statistics show that 70% of the population will need some kind of long-term care once they have reached the "golden years." Long-term care can include assistance with daily routines, such as using the bathroom, eating, dressing, bathing, or walking.

Waiting to plan until you or your loved need this kind of support opens you up to greater challenges and the possibility of making major mistakes. The time you spend planning, researching, and preparing will pay off if the day comes that you or your loved one needs long-term care. The following are some things you may not have considered when it comes to planning for elder care.

Be careful what you promise to an elderly family member

Older loved ones may ask their family to avoid putting them in a long-term care home. This can be a difficult conversation. If you promise them you “will never put them in a nursing home”, you may be denying them the vital healthcare that they need. It will likely make it much harder emotionally for you to make a good decision.

Educate yourself early

Long-term care facilities have evolved over the years and now include skilled nursing, activities, and other benefits. It is best to start planning as soon as possible to know what would be a good fit for your family.

Depending on the level of need, there are many options available. Assisted living, independent living, and long-term care facilities as well as home health services, day care for adults, and hospice care are some choices that are available. They offer different levels of care for you to choose from based on your needs. Learning the benefits that each provides can help you to be better prepared for the future. Some people require more specialized care, like those who have Alzheimer's or dementia. An assisted living community may be a good choice if it offers specialization in memory care.

Find out what is available locally

The federal government offers many online resources for checking the scores of long-term care facilities. But, you should not rely solely on internet research. Set up appointments and visit the facilities which are available to you on a local basis. Finding places that are close to you or your loved one will help you stay connected.

Plan ahead based on health

Near the end of life, many people will be faced with questions about medical care. If you or your loved one are not capable of making decisions about health and living arrangements, someone else will have to make them. Your wishes should be communicated to loved ones and written down in a document like an advance directive. This will help everyone plan the type of care you or your loved one will need.

Planning financially is just as important. Knowing that you can afford long-term care will make the transition period easier. It is best to understand your insurance and every form of income you have to begin planning for care. Long-term care insurance is very beneficial and the earlier you purchase the policy, the more affordable it is.

Be sensitive towards all healthcare needs

The elderly often begin to worry as they age and have an increasing need for healthcare. Most older people want to stay in their homes and remain independent. They also hope to maintain good health and receive the care they need for the medical issues they currently have. They like to have a plan in place so that they will have money for everyday expenses. The need for long-term care can drastically remove the security that an elderly loved one has in these areas.

It is important to be sensitive to their needs and concerns. If they require a higher level of care, it’s helpful for you to consider their wants and needs and to remember that their health comes first. Moving to a long-term care facility can be daunting, but if it means a healthier and happier life, it can be a huge benefit.

Long-term care in Amarillo

If you would like to learn more about long-term care, the professionals at Bivins Pointe in Amarillo, Texas can help. We offer a variety of amenities, and events, skilled nursing, and rehab, as well as outpatient services at the Bfit Gym. Call 806-350-2200 or contact us by email for more information about our services. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and address your concerns. You can also visit our location at 6600 Killgore Dr. in Amarillo, Texas for a tour of our facilities.

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