As your loved one continues to age, he or she may show signs of the need for long term care in a more supportive environment. It can be difficult to decide if long term care is really needed. If your loved one is having trouble getting around the home, or if you feel that the home is unsafe, it may be time to consider other options. To learn more take a look at the following information. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss long term care options, contact an estate planning attorney.
When It’s No Longer Safe to Live at Home
Your loved one may want to age at home, but in some cases, his or her home may be unsafe. This can be especially true if your loved one has been falling frequently or if he or she is unable to move around the home with ease. It’s important to carefully consider all available options, so that you can choose a safe living arrangement for your loved one.
There are some factors that you will want to consider:
- Does your loved one lack the ability to move throughout the home safely?
- Is his or her memory loss beginning to put him in unsafe circumstances?
- Does your loved one seem to have more slip and fall accidents lately?
- Does your loved one need constant supervision at home?
- Is your loved one unable to independently manage basic needs such as toileting, feeding, dressing, and transferring?
- Is it impossible for your loved one to reach necessary items in the home?
- Does your loved one have fears about being left alone?
These are some signs that it may be time for another, more supportive, living arrangement. There are a variety of long term care facilities that make it possible for your loved one to get the extra assistance that is needed, while living a safe and comfortable life. An estate planning attorney can help you review your options, and may even be able to suggest facilities.