As an elderly family member continues to age, her needs will change. She may need help around the house; and, at some point, may begin need long term care assistance. While many people consider options such as independent living facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, there are also other options to consider.
Depending upon your loved one’s needs, she may be able to take advantage of other opportunities. Take a look at the information below, to better understand some other options. If you have any questions, or if you need help planning for long term care, speak with an elder law attorney.
Group homes are becoming more popular. With this option, many seniors live in a home together. This can be a great way for your loved one to be able to get the socialization that he or she needs while also getting some assistance with daily activities. Seniors share responsibilities and expenses so that rent, household services, and meals are handled as a group. This is perfect for a senior who doesn’t require extra medical care or other special needs.
Golden Girls would be a good example of seniors living together and sharing costs and responsibilities while providing companionship.
Some seniors choose to only live with one roommate. This is another great option to consider. It’s important to carefully select roommates so that your loved one is able to live with a responsible, caring, and reliable person.
Adult foster care
This living arrangement allows a senior to get the assistance that is needed while living with a family. The family can help with a variety of tasks such as household chores, dressing, bathing, and cooking. It’s important for the senior to discuss his or her needs ahead of time so that an agreement is reached. This can also be a great way for him or her to get the socialization that is needed.
It’s important to choose a family that is caring, reliable, and trustworthy.
When making long term care plans for a family member or friend, don’t only consider traditional care facilities. Take the above ideas into consideration. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss long term care, consult with a qualified elder law attorney.