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How To Decide If Your Loved One Needs Long Term Care


How To Decide If Your Loved One Needs Long Term Care

It can be challenging to look into options with long term care for seniors and the elderly. It is usually a sensitive topic for which discussion is put off until it becomes necessary. For older people, there is the consideration of losing a sense of control or becoming a burden to their caretakers. For others, they may worry about insulting the potential patient about the option. There are ways to discuss the topic that are considerate and respectful, and this guide from a long term disability lawyer can help with methods to use.

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When To Consider Long Term Care

The best way to determine if an older person should be considered for a long term care option may come from outside the immediate family. By going to a third party, they may be able to give you a neutral opinion on whether or not the care would be a good choice as well as bring up other available possibilities that may not have been originally considered. Some people to involve in the process could include:

  • A personal physician – while they may not able to lead discussions into options, they can name what medical needs are required and make referrals to those that can make arrangements for necessary care.
  • Friends and neighbors – any that have gone through a similar situation can be an expert. Other word-of-mouth sources to consider are those at a local senior center. Each of these can list aides that wouldn’t normally be available via traditional channels.
  • Clergy members – they may provide direct referrals or even alternatives, as well as assist with planning services.
  • Senior information centers – these can include family service agencies in each county as well as Area Agencies on Aging. In addition to direct access to care providers, these are also good for information on counselors and social workers to develop potential plans.

For those patients that don’t need a nursing facility, a professional geriatric care manager can offer solutions for at-home services from different providers. Also, if the patient has Alzheimer’s needs, organizations that focus on the disease should be contacted.

Determining Needs

For those that will be doing a long-term care option, there are a variety of needs that should be taken into consideration. For medical purposes, this includes talking to a medical specialist. They can send you to a geriatric doctor for an assessment, at which time you can seek a second opinion if there are any potential issues. Geriatric screening programs can also help provide details on a patient’s condition and are found in most local hospitals.

Another aspect of long term care is to determine if outside assistance is needed. The main element in these decisions is how important control of their own lives is to the elder in question. If they favor privacy in personal independence, they may prefer to stay at home and receive minimal outside help. Other options depend on the level of independence needed, such as agency directed care programs and a residential care facility.

Care Advice From A Long Term Disability Lawyer

No matter what option you choose when it comes to long term care, the best solution is the one that provides quality aid for the patient plus peace of mind for the caretaker. We’ve been helping disabled individuals in the Greater Los Angeles area, the Inland Empire, and Orange County get the disability benefits they need for years. Call Dr. Bill LaTour and his team today at 800-803-5090  or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.