Although most people would prefer to stay where they are and have home care when they get to the point that they need extra assistance with daily activities, before deciding on this route it is a good idea to assess your needs now, and what they may be at a later time. Your doctor can help you determine if home care is a good option, or if you are likely to need more care than what would be available to you at home.
Doctors cannot predict the future, but they can give you an assessment based on any current health problems that you might have at the present time. When it comes to the possibility of long-term care, you will basically have a few different choices.
Stay at Home The most popular option with many people is to remain in their own home; this is possible if they are not suffering from dementia and are still living fairly independently. Even if someone does have some problems with daily activities, when you combine the technology of today, such as monitoring devices, along with home care and family, it is possible for many people to remain at home.
Moving in With Relatives At times it is more appropriate to live with relatives that can help with home care, than to remain at home. This arrangement has many advantages, it will keep you close to your loved ones, and it is less expensive than a nursing home. The problem with this living arrangement is that it can be very trying for those relatives that are providing care.
Assisted Living Communities – This option is becoming very popular with the elderly; assisted living allows you to live independently, while still having assistance available if it is needed. There are number of assisted living communities that provide various levels of service. Some of the services that are offered range from maid and meal service, to help with daily tasks such as bathing and eating. To live in this type of community it would be necessary to retain some degree of mobility and independence, as the assistance offered is not as extensive as what is offered in a nursing facility.
Nursing Home This is often the least popular choice because of the distrust that many have for nursing homes, plus it represents a total lack of independence. Frequently a nursing home is necessary when someone needs 24 hour care medical care and supervision, as well as extensive assistance with daily activities.
To ensure that you have a long term care plan that will work for you, it is impotent to consider what your future needs may be, and which living arrangement would best meet those needs. Of course no one can predict the future, but the better prepared you are, the less chaos you and your family will experience if there is ever a need for long term care.