Acknowledging that an aging loved one needs additional support either physically or with daily living, is a significant step for a family. However, it is the next step that can be the most challenging: What to do now?
Here are five suggestions that can help your family on the road to long-term care planning:
1. Understand your options.
When it comes to a long-term care plan, there are some basic options with which you should be familiar. Learn about housing options for seniors and the levels of senior care available. This can help start a conversation with your family on short- and long-term care options.
2. Take advantage of free online resources.
The Internet is full of information on senior care and aging, but sorting through the dense web of resources can be overwhelming. Free, downloadable resources from the book “Stages of Senior Care” are a good place to start. They cover topics such as senior choices, assisted living, and family care. You will also find information on multiple senior support organizations that may prove helpful in your research.
3. Explore local resources.
There is nothing quite as comforting in a difficult situation as speaking face-to-face with someone who truly understands. Seek out senior support organizations or caregiver groups in your area, and find out what programs they offer.
4. Take a financial inventory.
Perhaps one of the most important first steps in long-term care planning is to assess your family’s financial needs and resources. Long-term care can be quite expensive, but there are options and resources available to help you determine the best course of action for your family’s unique needs.
5. Get Advice from Others.
You’re not the first person to have aging loved ones, and you won’t be the last. Ask your friends what they’re doing to plan, or start a conversation with caregivers who belong to the Caregiver Stress Relief community or the Remember for Alzheimer’s community.
If you would like to learn more about assisted living, contact Spring Arbor.
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