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When Assistance with Long Term Care Becomes Necessary

According to the Administration on Aging, it is estimated by 2030, the older population will more than double to approximately 71.5 million. It is also estimated that between 39 to 49 percent of all the people will use nursing home services during their lifetime. Unfortunately, there may come a instant when your loved one may require assistance with long term care. The following is a list of warning signs one should be aware of when evaluating your loved ones situation. If the senior exhibits two or more of these signs, assistance is likely required:

When your loved one or their spouse might no longer provide care due to debilitating health conditions

When your loved one experiences difficulty with walking, or is unsteady when standing

When your loved ones safety is compromised due to hazards in the home such as stairs, poor lighting, cluttered walkways, and dangers in the kitchen or bathroom

When your loved one needs assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation

When your loved one becomes confused about grasping their medications

When your loved one is afraid of falling or being alone

When your loved one exhibits changes in personality or has sudden mood swings

When your loved one is no longer able to manage their finances and requires assistance with administering their monthly household expenses


If you feel assistance with long term care could be necessary, have a discussion with your loved one and talk to them about their concerns and desires. Its important to help your loved one maintain their independence for as long as possible. Your loved one should be involved in the decision building process as long as their decisions do not negatively impact their health and safety. Talk with other family members and get their input as well. If necessary, discuss your concerns with your loved ones physician, attorney or financial advisor, and generate sure all aspects of their long term care needs have been met. Its never too early to be concerned about your loved ones long term care needs. Being aware of their needs and continually reevaluating their situation will help ensure the long term needs of your loved one will be met.

 

 
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