When Does One Need Long-Term Care?
As we get older everyday daily tasks that were easy during our youth can become increasingly difficult. Taking care of ourselves and tending to our activities of daily living (ADLs) can become a challenge. Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and toileting may be required as we may become less independent with age. Long-term care provides the ability to live safely using support services when one is unable to care for themselves on their own.
In most cases, long-term care is needed after a serious health condition like a heart attack or stroke. In other cases, a caregiver may need to help a patient recover from an operation or accident. As a person ages, they may experience issues with movement or suffer from a chronic illness. Long-term care spans a wide range of services for both health-related and non-health related issues and can be performed in a variety of settings including one’s home or within a specialized facility.
Who Benefits from Long-Term Care?
Every individual’s needs are different. When it comes to long-term care there are certain factors that influence the likelihood of needing assistance. They include:
- Age: Older adults need more assistance with ADLs.
- Gender: Women are more likely to need care because of a longer lifespan.
- Health History: Chronic health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure usually run in families. Individuals with a genetic disposition are more vulnerable.
- Lifestyle: Lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and other bad habits increase the likelihood of needing long-term care.
- Living Alone: Someone without family members or friends nearby may require long-term care.
The Right Long-Term Care Setting Just for You
Huntsville Health Care Center offers experienced providers of powerful and dynamic clinical care. The first step is choosing which option is best for your loved one: long-term, short-term or rehabilitation health care services. Every resident receives customized care tailored just for them. Our warm, personalized approach is designed to offer unique care while respecting personal preferences. Whether its skilled nursing or respite care, each program addresses the specific goals of each resident. It’s important to learn about the different options available so that you can choose the best one for your loved one.
Specialized Skilled Nursing
Every resident is a part of the Huntsville Health Care Center family. You may rest assured that your loved one will receive daily care with healing and compassion in mind. We offer both long-term care and post-surgery nursing care.
Sometimes you may need a break when taking care of your loved one. Huntsville Health Care Center provides the respite you need by providing planned or emergency care for individuals in need. Respite care includes helping with day-to-day activities and basic needs.
Huntsville Health Care Center employs an interdisciplinary team of physicians, skilled nurses, and physical, occupational and speech therapists. Each care plan aims to achieve optimal recovery from injury, illness or surgery.
Planning for Long-Term Care
Preparing ahead for long-term care can be a lifesaver. We never know when our loved one might need it. Having a plan before accidents, illnesses or injuries happen is a wise course of action. With time to explore your options, you can learn which services are available in your community and understand their cost. If you have a loved one with a cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, planning for long-term care should begin as early as possible.
Long-Term Care Financing Options
Billions of dollars are spent every year in the United States on long-term care. The high cost can be intimidating but there are options depending on your financial situation. Examples to consider include:
- Selling your home
- Reverse mortgages
- Veteran’s benefits
- Assets and personal savings funds
- Income from stocks
- Government funded health insurance programs like Medicaid
- Long-term care insurance
- Services through the Older Americans Act
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