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Signals To Look For
Using the guidelines  of the American Health Care Association, the following are signs that it's time to discuss long-term care:

Isolation/Depression
  • Is your loved one isolated from social interaction or activities? 
Daily Activities/Eating Habits
  • Is he or she having a difficult time walking, dressing, or eating? 
Bruises/Falls
  • Has there been an increased susceptibility to falling and bruising?
Cognitive Ability
  • Is your loved one's mental reasoning ability at a level where his or her personal safety or the safety of others is at risk?
Increasing Medical Needs
  • Does your loved one need ongoing medical care that you or he or she cannot provide?
  • Does he or she need more and more help remembering to take medications? 
Medication Errors/Missed Physician Appointments
  • Is your senior keeping his or her doctors' appointments?
  • Is he or she confusing medication schedules, taking meds incorrectly, or not taking them at all?
 Household Management
  • Can he or she still manage the components of running a household, such as keeping a checkbook or paying the bills, or maintaining the property?
  • Has there been a change in how the house is kept?
Caregiver Burnout
  • Is a family member exhausted due to amount of care or supervision your loved one needs?
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The decision to reside in a long term care setting can be a difficult one to make. The best scenario is one in which all parties realistically evaluate both the current situation and how it may change in the short or long term future.  

The first step in the planning process is having the conversation about a person's long term care preferences. This challenging conversation can be easier when you:

  • talk sooner rather than later,
  • prepare yourself, and 
  • prepare your loved one.
But sometimes the need comes abruptly and unexpectedly. It can be a crisis thrust upon you with no preparation, and that almost never comes at an easy time for anyone. 

Whether it's planned or unexpected, it's a relief to have a personal advocate with assessment skills, insight and compassion, who will help you discern and find the best care option for the senior in your life.

Whether geriatric care management at home, or finding the best long-term care placement, Mary will help you work toward the right solution for you.
     

 

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