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Things to consider when making decisions about long-term care

When loved ones become unable to continue caring for themselves, many Texas residents and others around the country are faced with the decision of determining how that care will be provided. This process can often spur caregivers to consider their own future needs. In fact, a person should consider their own long-term care while still able to make competent decisions.

There are so many options available now for those who can no longer live on their own, whether due to physical limitations or failing mental capacities. Some individuals may need around-the-clock skilled nursing care, while others could thrive in an assisted living environment. Many families also make the use of in-home health care or as-needed adult day care services. To assist families in their decision-making process, the National Institutes of Health has provided some suggestions.

Initially, the needs of the individual needing care should be evaluated. A family should assess whether the person has extensive medical needs or has a preference about type of living facility. Also, families should consider what their loved one might enjoy doing when in the new environment. When this assessment is complete, a search for facilities that match the criteria can begin.

After identifying several locations, visit each of them several times to check cleanliness and to get a feel for ongoing activities. Organizations devoted to older adults stress the importance of asking any potential facility numerous questions before making a decision. It may be helpful to speak with family members of existing residents to get more feedback.

Whether considering long-term care facilities for a family member or thinking about one's own future needs, financing the stay can be challenging. If concerned about how to pay for ongoing care, it would be beneficial to seek the advice of a Texas attorney familiar with elder law. An experienced lawyer will help clients develop a plan that meets their specific needs.

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