There is a common misconception that there are only two types of care for seniors who are not completely independent: assisted living or a nursing home. However, there are numerous solutions for the care a person receives, particularly when he or she is somewhere between requiring no care and requiring constant care.
There are hundreds of thousands of people in skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, too many of these residents do not get the care or services they deserve.
People are living longer in Colorado and the question of how to do that gracefully is on the forefront of many people's minds. One term frequently heard is "age in place," which is the considered the best scenario and allows a person to remain at home. There are issues that should be addressed in order to make this goal a realistic choice. Care coordination undertaken before an aging person requires extra help is the best approach.
Though most people hope that they'll never have need for a nursing home, the reality is that many people will eventually live in one. Families here in Colorado want the best for their loved ones and want to be sure that a chosen nursing home will provide proper care, but it can be difficult to come up with the finances necessary. Fortunately, experts have advice on how a family can make a nursing home part of their care planning efforts.
When making plans for the future, there are a lot of things to consider. One of them is what would happen in the event that a Colorado resident is no longer able able to make decisions on his or her own behalf. There are estate-planning documents that can help with respect to health and care coordiantion, as well as financial matters should that occur.
There are many things someone in Colorado may plan for. A longed-for vacation, a child's education and retirement are just a few things for which it takes time to build an adequate savings. Starting early can reduce the stress and allow one to truly enjoy these monumental moments. However, there are other things to plan for that may not be as pleasant as the vacation of a lifetime. Providing for the burdens of care is certainly not so easy to think about.
For many in Colorado, the thought of declining health as they age can be frightening. Along with the uncertainty that an illness brings, there is the ever-increasing cost of health care, especially long-term care. When seniors consider their need for care services, they often express a desire to remain in their homes as long as possible. This means including the option for in-home care as they plan for their retirement.
Accepting the fact that one of your parents may fare better in a nursing home or continuing care facility can be tough, and the process of finding that ideal assisted living situation often proves to be, as well. When you place your loved in in a residential home, chances are, you want to feel confident in knowing that the care he or she will receive is comparable to the care you, yourself, would provide. Regrettably, this is often not the case.
Life support, ventilators, nursing home care -- these are but a few of the many decisions that the Colorado resident and his or her family may face as the individual ages. When it becomes necessary to make these decisions, the individual affected typically is unable to express his or her wishes. However, by recognizing the need for care services and planning ahead, these wishes can be expressed and planned for ahead of time.
It’s not easy to discuss what happens when we can no longer care for ourselves or someone we love cannot care for themselves. No one likes having the conversation, especially when it feels like that time is still a long way off.