As your loved one continues to age, he or she may have increasing long term care needs. It’s normal to need a little extra assistance with daily activities. It can be confusing to know what your loved one may need assistance with. This is why it’s important to sit down and assess your loved one’s current situation. Take a look at the information below to learn more. If you have any questions about long term care, meet with an estate planning – elder law attorney.
To get started, it’s a good idea to talk with your loved one. This will give him or her the opportunity to voice important opinions. In many cases, your loved one may actually be very open about his or her needs. Take the time to ask questions and to listen carefully. Things you may want to discuss include the following:
- Does he or she need help with daily care needs such as feeding, getting dressed, and taking medication?
- Is he or she able to move around the home without assistance?
- Would your loved one benefit from extra medical assistance?
- Does your loved one have trouble handling other responsibilities such as cleaning and cooking?
- Would your loved one benefit from assistance with financial duties?
- Is your loved one afraid to ask for help?
- Would your loved one benefit from living in a community with other seniors?
Ask your loved one some of these questions in order to demonstrate needs and opportunities. Your loved one may take some time to open up. In some cases, he or she may also be fearful of admitting care needs or may be embarrassed. Though it may take a few conversations, you will be able to get a better idea of what long term care needs your loved one may have.
If you have any questions about assisting your loved one with his or her needs, or choosing the best long term care option, consult with an estate planning – elder law attorney.