Placing your elder loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision. Many seniors, when they are moved to long term care facilities, feel abandoned and alone. You also face the fact that you’re placing the health, care and well-being of someone you care for very deeply, into the hands of strangers you don’t know at all.
Unfortunately, for many people there comes a time when this decision is necessary. Understand how to tell when it’s time for a nursing home, when your elder loved one would be better off under the care of professionals.
When Health Begins to Decline
The first key to knowing when it’s time for a nursing home is understanding when your loved one’s health begins to decline beyond the point where you can reasonable care for them. If you get to the point where their medical needs and demands are beyond your capabilities, you need to consider calling upon professionals.
Nursing homes are staffed by medical professionals. This means that no matter what their difficulty may be, the home can handle their medications, special doctor’s appointment, or any other medical therapy or attention they might need.
When Your Loved Ones Aren’t Safe
Likewise, if your parent or other elderly relative isn’t safe at home by themselves, they need to be in a place where people can keep an eye on their safety. Nursing homes have staff who provide security and safety. They can monitor for falls and injuries, help to prevent dangerous conditions, and address accidents that may occur.
When You Have the Funds to Pay
There’s no doubt that nursing homes are expensive. Many people hold off because they’re afraid they can’t pay for the treatment. This is a valid concern. You should work to ensure that you have a means of payment in place to handle the costs. Understand that there are also programs in place to help pay for these things, such as Medicaid or long-term care insurance. If you’re not sure about your options in this area, talk to a qualified elder law attorney for advice.
When It’s Time for a Nursing Home, Finding the Right One
Naturally, you want to be sure you choose the right nursing home, one that you can trust with your loved one’s safety and happiness. The AARP provides a number of resources to this end, and is a great place to start.
Some general advice, however, is to tour the home. Keep your eyes, ears and nose open the whole time. Check for cleanliness and sanitation. Talk to both staff and residents. Taste the food in the cafeteria. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to drop in unannounced.
If you have any questions or need help determining when it’s time for a nursing home or any end-of-life or estate planning, talk to a professional and qualified elder law attorney. At Stano Law, we’ve helped seniors in Ohio handle their affairs for many years, and we can help you as well. Just get in touch and let’s talk about your needs today!