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Elder Care Fundamentals: What You Should Know

After watching several of my family members struggle with dementia and various other age-related conditions, I spent a lot of time researching the options for assisted living, in-home care, and nursing homes. I wanted to be sure that I understood what was out there before my parents came to need it. All of my research helped me learn a lot about future care options for my family. I decided to help clarify the options for others who may be as confused as I was. This intention of this blog is to do just that. I hope that the information here helps you understand the basics so you can make the right choice when you need to.

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Is It Time To Get Some Help With Your Everyday Living?

As much as you have loved your home, have you decided that it's time to live in a place where you can have assistance when it's needed? Perhaps you or your spouse have had a bad fall more than once and it has been a tremendous problem getting help. It might be that you haven't had any problems at all, but you are realistic enough to know that at your older age maintaining your present home may become a huge burden.

With that in mind, from moving in with your adult children to arranging for assisted living accommodations, here are some ideas that might help.

Living With Your Children

Perhaps you are blessed enough that your adult children have sincerely invited you to live with them. For instance, maybe you have three children and they have worked out a plan where you will live with each one four months out of the year. Or it could be that you have only one child and he or she is eager to help you by setting up an apartment-like space for you in his or her home. 

If you do decide to live with one or more of your children, think of having a frank discussion with them even before you move. Explain that you realize that privacy is important to them, and it's also important to you. Let your child or your children know that you want to share in the household duties and that you will be happy to contribute with at least part of the finances that are part of living in a home. 

‚ÄčAssisted Living Facilities

If you don't feel comfortable living with your children, or if that hasn't been offered, have you considered living in an assisted living facility? Maybe you have visited a friend who lives in that type of home. If so, you more than likely found that friend to be enjoying all that is offered at his or her assisted living facility. If you haven't been in an assisted living facility, consider looking at several of them to see which one will best meet your needs.

Of course, money will play a big factor in the home you select. But no matter the price, you can be assured that there will be a staff waiting to help you. Trained nurses will probably be on the premises at all times. But there's more to assisted living than your medical care. Expect to meet people who have many of your same interests. You'll be able to enjoy things like movies, crafts, and games. And, in many cases, there will be transportation to malls and other destinations.