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The decision to seek long term care for a loved one is a difficult one to make. Perhaps you are afraid of hurting your family member’s feelings by suggesting they are no longer capable
How to Decide if Someone You Love Needs Long Term Care The decision to seek long term care for a loved one is a difficult one to make. Perhaps you are afraid of hurting your family member’s feelings by suggesting they are no longer capable. Or maybe your family member isn’t ready to admit the need for help. Despite the difficulty of broaching this touchy subject, you must do so for the health and safety of your loved one. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. Speak with Professionals If you suspect an elderly family member needs long term care, you should speak with a professional who can help you evaluate capabilities and determine what type of care may be needed. Start by talking with your loved one’s primary doctor. This doctor will already be familiar with past abilities and can assess if extra care is needed. Evaluate Daily Abilities With the help of a physician, you and your family can determine what daily activities have been affected. Is the person you are worried about able to cook and clean his or her own home? Does your family member have difficulty bathing or climbing stairs? You must also consider mental capability. Sometimes Alzheimer’s patients may be physically able to perform activities, but may be forgetful and leave the stove on or water running. Determine the Level of Care Needed With a doctor’s help, determine what, if any, level of long term care your family member needs. Long term care is a broad category. For those who wish to remain in their own home, you can hire an aide to help with cooking and cleaning. If your loved one opts for home care, over time you may have to increase the level of help provided or seek another option. If your family member needs constant care and is willing, nursing homes provide full time assistance, socialization opportunities and activities for those who are able to participate. There are even special facilities that deal with a primary ailment such as Alzheimer’s. Experienced estate planning attorneys Seattle WA of the Byrd Garrett PLLC offers estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Seattle WA. To learn more about these free resources, please visit http://www.byrdgarrett.com today.
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