Choosing whether assisted living would be the right option can be a complex decision requiring a dispassionate evaluation of the situation and careful consideration.
The challenges of helping an aging parent plan for their late-in-life care can be strenuous. There are financial, medical and even emotional aspects of this type of planning.
By way of a primer, consider reading (and sharing) a Forbes article titled “The Basics: Assisted Living For Your Parent.”
Some of the most important issues in planning for late- or end-of-life care include understanding the various kinds of facilities and treatments available. There is, for example, a decided difference between nursing home care and an assisted living situation.
Even within assisted living communities there are many different kinds of facilities, from the large to the small and the homey to the clinical. In the end, you must know what to look for and what is appropriate for the elderly loved one in need of care.
The key, if possible, is to include your loved in the evaluation process. Ensure that they are included in the discussions and options. Otherwise, expect resistance to change because the transition to care away from home is by nature very disruptive on many levels.
Once you know the kind of care needed and your loved one is on board, then comes the question of how to pay for it and how to understand Medicaid, Medicare, and the programs that can help fill the gaps.
Needless to say, this can be a complex process. Be sure to investigate your options in order to help you and your loved one make a transition that is right for their circumstances.
Reference: Forbes (March 13, 2014) “The Basics: Assisted Living For Your Parent”