So plan ahead, the level of care needed will most likely increase over time. Many families wait until there is a major health crisis to make a decision. Review current condition with loved one’s physician by asking, “What might this illness look like in six months, a year, or even two years from now?”
These options are out-of-pocket expenses unless an individual has long term care insurance or assistance from VA benefits. Even with these benefits, many times not all cost are covered. According to Genworth’s 2016 San Diego Area Long Term Care Costs; cost start at $54,912 a year depending on what level of care is needed. However, you could end up paying a heavier price in terms of time, loss of employment, stress and fatigue by trying to provide all of the care yourself.
Of course, the goal is to keep your loved one in his or her home for as long as it is possible and safe. But unless you hire a full time in-home caregiver, you will need to supplement care. This may mean your loved one moves in with you or you move in with them. Ask yourself the following questions:
- If your loved one needs help with all of his/her ADLs are you comfortable with helping?
- If incontinence is an issue, are you uncomfortable with changing an adult diaper?
- Is the bathroom big enough to handle a wheelchair or walker? (For a wheelchair, the doorway needs to be at least 32 inches wide, preferably 36 inches).
- What renovations will you need to make for the home to be senior care friendly, and how will it be paid for?
If you are working a full time job, attending school or raising children sometimes the option of assisted living, adult family home or a board & care can alleviate the stress and uncertainty of caring for a loved one. Knowing that he or she will be receiving 24/7 care and supervision adds to their quality of life as well as your own. There are thousands of senior care options in California and Washington. Not every memory care, assisted living, board & care or adult family home is equipped or licensed to serve all levels of care, don’t make decisions without being well informed.
How will I know if my loved one is ready?
To know if moving your loved one is the best option, ask yourself the following questions:
- Will my loved one enjoy being in a social environment?
- Will my loved one benefit from having medications monitored?
- Is this option the best considering cost could rise due to level of care changing?
- Is the caregiver to resident ratio enough to provide what my loved one needs?
It can be overwhelming to determine the best level of care for your loved one. Best Senior Care Choices by: BTSS utilizes the BEST-FIT Placement Model, a hands on service in obtaining the best senior care with high care standards.