For many of us there it becomes difficult to physically and mentally take care of our loved one. When that time comes it signifies that it is time to explore different long-term options and see which one would be best for them. Many people feel frustrated and confused because they are not aware of what sort of options are available for their loved one. This is why they continue with the hardship of taking care of the need of their loved one. I have come up with some long-term care options that can help a person decide.
Assisted living facilities are an option that many people select. What’s great is that you have the choice of either hiring someone to come into the home and help take care of your loved one or you can place him or her at the facility. You can find facilities that would provide a clean, safe and fun environment for your loved one. I have been to many of these facilities and they provide different activities and even entertainment throughout the day. For example, once I saw a group of people doing different types of artwork such as painting and pottery work. Assisted living facilities are great for someone who is still able to go to the bathroom, dress and eat on their own.
Respite care units are a temporary place that your loved one can stay and be taken care of. Respite care units are wonderful for anyone who doesn’t mind usually taking care of their loved one by is unable to for a short period of time due to vacation, work or family situation.
Subacute care unit is a facility that is similar to a hospital setting. Your loved one is provided care throughout the day. For example, medication, food, therapy and constant supervision is given. This is a good place for a loved one who basically can do everything on his or her own but has a condition where attention from a medical professional is needed.
Rehabilitation facility is a place that provides different types of therapy. What types of therapy depends on the condition of your loved one. For example, if your loved one has trouble walking because of recent surgery the rehabilitation therapist will help them regain strength and the ability to walk again. A rehabilitation facility is often temporary till your loved one gets better then other options can be looked at.
Nursing homes is often for patients with severe conditions and need assistance in varies areas. A nursing home would be appropriate for someone who can eat, go to the bathroom, dress and walk on his or her own. This place is often for someone who is near death and needs 24-hour supervision.
These are the different long-term treatment options that are available for your loved one. Make sure before selecting a facility that you check it out first. Evaluate the environment, staff and the different services that they provide. This is important because I have seen some facilities where the conditions are dirty, the staff is unfriendly and the patient is lucky if they get any attention at all.
Michael Raab, MD, “When a Loved One Needs Long-Term Care” Sacramento Bee URL: (http://sacbee.healthology.com/caregiving/article430.htm?pg=1)