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How to Determine if It’s Time for a Senior to Transition to an Adult Health Community
Watching a senior loved one age can be bittersweet. Living longer is an obvious blessing, but sometimes the changes that come with aging can bring challenges. How do you know when those challenges mean it’s time to consider a supported living situation? And if so, how do you broach the subject? At Accord Care Community, we understand the weight of this decision, and we’ve gathered the following information to help determine whether it’s time for a change.
Accord Care Community is dedicated to providing residents with compassionate, professional care. We strive to create a personal connection so that everyone feels at home. To find out more about our long-term care services, call for more information or to schedule a tour.
Simple Actions Are Becoming a Chore
As fingers lose dexterity, eyesight wanes, and balance and strength become compromised, sometimes what were once simple, everyday activities can become burdensome to seniors. While there are gadgets that can help with things like dressing and exercises like tai chi can help prevent falls, sometimes those strategies aren’t enough. Elder Law Answers explains adult health communities can provide staff to support seniors in those activities and still allow independence.
Immunity Isn’t What It Used to Be
You might have noticed your loved one catches colds or the flu more often than in years past. That’s because a common change seniors experience is reduced immune function. There are actions seniors can take to help support their immune system, like quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and consuming nutritious foods, but if a senior struggles to stay well and is often alone, the support of an adult care community can make a difference.
In-Home Safety Is Becoming a Concern
What used to be home sweet home sometimes becomes hazardous for older adults. Slipping on wet floors, tripping on area rugs, climbing stairs, or even food preparation can become safety concerns for aging bodies and minds.
There are several ways to modify a senior’s home environment for safety. For instance, a walk-in tub and textured floor promote bathing safety, and ramps ease access into and out of the house. However, sometimes renovations aren’t practical due to financial or space restrictions, and sometimes they aren’t quite enough. If your loved one is having more injuries or accidents than in the past, it might be time for an adult health facility.
Incontinence Due to Physical or Mental Decline
Seniors often have trouble with incontinence. Aging Life Care Journal explains there are many possible reasons for this, such as medications, health conditions, and reduced mobility. With incontinence, seniors are often embarrassed and anxious about their well-being, and as a result, it often goes untreated. If you know or suspect your loved one is struggling in this area, an adult care community can help with toileting, dressing, and assessing underlying medical concerns.
Affording Necessary Care
Adult health communities are fun, supportive, caring environments for seniors, but you may be concerned about resistance when you suggest it, particularly when it comes to the cost. Long-term care costs continue to rise, and Medicare doesn’t provide coverage for long-term care, but there are a few ways to pay for necessary senior care.
Many people opt to purchase long-term care insurance policies; however, the older the person, the higher the premium. Another option is to use retirement savings, though a 2019 study revealed that 64% of Americans don’t have enough saved for retirement. The third option is to sell the family home, which can be worthwhile if the mortgage is paid off and there is a considerable amount of equity. Before determining if a sale is ideal, get an idea of home prices in the area. For example, in Orrville the median sale price is $125K. If none of these options are a fit, the last choice is to file for Medicaid, which does provide LTC coverage, though not every community accepts Medicaid. You can easily see there’s a lot to consider.
Determining when a loved one needs a higher level of care comes with many layers of difficulty.
To find the best option, stay positive, research facilities together, and be sure to test-drive your choices. While life may no longer be simple for your loved one, it can be supported, healthy, and happy.