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Creating a Long-Term Senior Care Plan

By Lauren Robison, 8:00 am on

The need for long-term can arise from changes in a senior’s physical or cognitive health, a debilitating fall or accident, or the diagnosis of an age-related condition. Although the realization that a senior loved one can no longer care for him or herself can be frightening, making decisions about care early can ensure your loved one’s future health, happiness, and quality of life.

Assessing Needs

One of the first steps in creating an appropriate long-term care plan is assessing the needs of your loved one. It will be important to meet with your loved one’s doctor to determine activities that may threaten safety, possible future care needs, and appropriate levels of support. Once understood, families can determine where care can be provided.

Looking at Care Options

Your aging loved one, like most seniors, will likely want to remain in the comfort of home for as long as possible. Allow your loved one to voice his or her opinion about where care is provided. Doing so can help them retain a sense of control, independence, and can ensure they are confident in the care decisions made by the family. Review the pros and cons of all long-term care options, ranging from assisted living to in-home care in New Hampshire, while ensuring each option is able to effectively meet the needs of your loved one.

If you find it difficult to come to a decision about where care is to be provided, make a few appointments with possible care providers. This can allow your loved one to become more comfortable with the suggested services and can give your family an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the care options. Reliable care providers like Home Care Assistance offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations so families can learn more about long-term hourly and live-in care for New Hampshire seniors.

Planning for Legal Matters

When long-term care is needed, families should also keep legal documents such as a living will and trust and power of attorney in mind. Although it can be difficult to discuss these topics with aging parents, doing so before a senior is unable to make decisions independently can give everyone peace of mind. Families will not have the burden of making last-minute decisions about end-of-life care and seniors can rest assured there is a legally binding document that outlines how they would like to spend their final days.

If you are looking at your options for long-term care or need a caregiver for a senior loved one, call 603-471-3004 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire. We are a trusted, local provider of senior care offering flexible schedules and no long-term contracts. Call us today and provide your loved one with care that allows them to thrive at home.