Finding The Right Care
Emotional and Psychological Adjustments: Moving from one’s long-time home to a new living arrangement, especially in assisted living or a nursing home, can be emotionally challenging. It may involve leaving behind familiar surroundings and social connections for new unknown environments.
Financial Considerations: The cost of assisted living or nursing home care can be substantial. Many seniors and their families face challenges in affording these services. Adding new larger financial obligations can decimate your life savings.
Choosing the Right Option: The decision of whether to stay at home, move to assisted living, or enter a nursing home can be difficult. Seniors and their families must carefully weigh factors like the level of care needed, available resources, and personal preferences.
Quality of Care: Ensuring that the chosen facility or care provider offers high-quality care is a paramount concern. Elder abuse and neglect are real issues in some facilities.
Access to Necessary Healthcare Services: Seniors often require specialized healthcare services. Access to medical care, therapies, and other health-related services can be a challenge, especially in rural areas.
Legal and Financial Planning: Navigating the legal and financial aspects of long-term care, such as Medicaid eligibility, asset preservation, and estate planning, can be complex and overwhelming.
Early Planning: Ideally, planning for long-term care should begin long before it’s needed. Early discussions with family members and legal and financial advisors can help determine goals and preferences. Generally, the beginning sooner versus later provides better outcomes.
Explore Home Care Options: Many seniors prefer to age in place. Explore home healthcare services, which can help with daily activities while allowing individuals to stay in their familiar environment.
Consider Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer varying levels of care and can be a suitable option for those who need some assistance but want to maintain a level of independence. Instead of restricting you, assisted living care often gives clients more options and greater freedom.
Research Nursing Homes: When nursing home care becomes necessary, research facilities thoroughly. Consult online reviews, visit in person, and check their state and federal ratings for quality. In Florida you can use our nursing home locater map or go to Florida Health Finder to see a nursing home guide state inspection ratings.
Financial Planning Legal Guidance: Seek the advice of an elder law attorney who specialize in eldercare planning to maximize the use of resources and access benefits like Medicaid. An elder law attorney can also help navigate other legal needs, including creating advance directives, establishing powers of attorney, and setting up trusts to avoid probate. The insight of these professionals is invaluable in charting the path forward
Transition Support: Many facilities and communities offer transition services, which can make the move to a new environment smoother. Emotional support and counseling may also be beneficial.
Continuing Healthcare: Ensure that the chosen facility or home care provider can meet the ongoing healthcare needs of the individual, whether through on-site medical services, access to specialized care, or transportation to healthcare providers.
Advocate for Quality Care: Be vigilant about the quality of care and advocate for the well-being of your loved ones. Regular communication with staff and visits to the facility can help ensure that they receive the care they need and deserve.
Engage in Family Discussions: Open and honest discussions with family members are essential. Ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding the care and living arrangements of the senior family member.
Finding the right home and care for aging loved ones is a complex process, but with careful planning, research, and support, it is possible to make this transition with minimal stress and the best possible quality of life for seniors. It is our goal to be a resource for our clients and help determine the when, where, and how of care and placement.