Assessing the Need for Long-Term Care for Your Parents
For many people who have elderly parents, there may come a point where you must decide whether you will put your parent with medical needs into a long-term care facility. This is an extremely difficult decision, and it’s a tough topic of conversation to bring up with your parents.
As you determine whether the time is right to have this discussion, one of the first things you must do is assess the full extent of their potential need for long-term care.
First, seek the expertise of a physician. A doctor can make recommendations about long-term care strategies and, if it’s determined that such care is necessary, he or she can be a great resource for finding quality facilities in your area based on the medical needs of your parent.
Specific mental or physical conditions are often the catalyst for making a choice for long-term care. The doctor can provide you with advice about the types of care that your parent will need and how the condition may change or evolve over time. You need to be sure that any facility that you choose will have the ability not only to meet the medical needs of your parent now, but also be able to adapt to any changes that may occur in their condition.
You should also assess your parent’s personal needs and capabilities. If they are able to get up and move around and still engage in a lot of common aspects of daily life without assistance, or if they are still in a very positive emotional state, they are less likely to need to go to a facility with round-the-clock care and supervision.
Consult an experienced Florida estate planning attorney with The Charles Law Offices for more information on how you can determine the need for long-term care for your parents.