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Tips on Planning for Long-Term Home Care

By Debbie Waddell, 10:30 am on

Many people over the age of 65 need some type of long-term home care. While serious health conditions may require hospitalization, in-home care allows seniors to continue to age in place within the comfort of home. Planning for long-term home care now gives you a plan to follow while there is plenty of time to get everything in order.

Identify Potential Health Needs

Seniors who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, or other medical conditions can use information from their medical team to help them plan for the future. For instance, a senior who anticipates needing assistance with medication management as his or her memory decreases can look for solutions now while he or she can make decisions with greater clarity.

Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted Placer County in-home care provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help.

Talk About Your Loved One’s Wishes

A senior should always be involved in planning for his or her future, and including your loved one in these conversations has benefits for everyone. Not only will you feel better knowing your loved one agrees with the long-term care option, but seniors who help plan for their own future have less anxiety about what the upcoming years hold. 

Assess the Current Home Environment

In-home care services allow seniors to continue enjoying the comfortable living environment they have set up in prior years. However, you also need to know your loved one’s house provides a safe environment. Conduct a professional assessment of your loved one’s house to identify potential challenges the layout could cause for caregiving. If you find things such as stairs that are difficult to navigate, now is the time to arrange for changing these things to make them safer.

Discuss Scheduling for Family Caregivers

Families often try to share caregiving duties as their loved ones age. However, your family must consider what you will do when this becomes too difficult. For instance, you may find your family cannot manage around-the-clock care. Come up with solutions now for these challenges, such as hiring overnight caregiving services, so you do not have to make hasty decisions in the future.

Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Placer County, California, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.

Arrange for Professional Assistance

One of the best things families can do when planning long-term care is to help their loved ones get adjusted to in-home care before they experience a major health crisis. This is because seniors tend to be more open to meeting new people when they are feeling better. Consider having a professional caregiver start helping your loved one with tasks such as preparing meals. This way, your loved one benefits from knowing the people who will be helping with his or her long-term care needs.

Be Prepared to Adjust the Plan Over Time

Once you have a plan in place for long-term home care, remember things can change. For instance, your loved one may need help with personal hygiene sooner than expected, or he or she may suddenly lose the ability to drive. By keeping your loved one’s plan flexible and adding services as needed, you can ensure his or her long-term care needs are met.

Get in touch with Home Care Assistance to find out how a Placer County, California, caregiver can help your aging loved one live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Our caregivers are available 24/7, all of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts. Call one of our Care Managers at 916.226.3737 to schedule a free in-home consultation.