Planning the care of an aging loved one is an important process that takes in-depth analysis, proper research and a good foundational understanding of the many options available to the family. Nobody wants to make the incorrect decision on such a meaningful stage in life.
A family must become informed before they can ever have the tools to make the correct arrangements for the loving care for their aging family member. Not all care decisions fit every family and situation. Find out what bests suits your family’s needs. started on
As a person gets older, it can become difficult to decide the best place to live, your overall functional limits, and how your finances are going to be handled. If you are an elderly individual without a spouse, these situations can become even harder. However, at the same time, if you have a parent or grandparent that is in this type of situation, it is a stressful time for you as well. Simply not knowing what to do can become frustrating. Fortunately, there are resources available that can simply educate you on everything you need to know in order to ensure that your loved ones are well taken care of in their elderly years.
The first thing you will want to determine is the overall level of function that your elderly family member or friend is capable of. For example, is the person still able to cook for him or herself? Is driving still an option? Can the individual take care of their finances? Chances are, if the person is quite elderly, their level of capability is lower than it once was. As a result, you will want to look for facilities that not only provide housing, but additional services as well.
It is important that you look into senior living costs prior to choosing a facility for your elderly friend or family member. The senior living costs should certainly be affordable and fall within the budget that the person has saved for him or herself when it comes to retirement. You may wish to meet with a board member of the facility to determine how much everything will cost per month and what services are provided. Keep in mind that you certainly do not want to exceed the amount of money that is saved in the individual’s retirement fund. Therefore, it may be necessary to get permission from the elderly friend or family member to access his or her financial records.
Once you are able to see the financial records, you need to determine how much money should go towards housing and assistance. You may wish to talk to your elderly family member about his or her preferences. More than anything you will want to make sure that you keep everyone in the loop and respect the desires for your parents or grandparents. Explain the senior living costs for various facilities in the local area, use an online care directory to compare prices and the level of care in your area compared to neighbouring counties. It is best if you show elderly adults the senior living costs on paper. By seeing the costs on paper, they can better understand exactly how much is required each month for the facility and assistance.