Tips on How to Know if Your Loved One Needs Care
Benefits are available to help pay for long-term care. We’ll help you qualify.
- There are many signs that it may be time for a transition into long-term care arrangements for an aging loved one, whether in-home, assisted living, or nursing home.
- Basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are fundamental things people should be able to do without assistance if they’re going to live on their own (bathing, eating, hygiene, dressing, toileting, functional mobility).
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) are not as fundamental as ADLs but still important (money management, shopping, telephone communication, housekeeping, transportation, taking medications.
Additionally, watch for irregular financial decisions such as falling for scams or giving or loaning money to friends or family members or others who might be taking advantage of them. SSC can explain the many different types of benefits that are available and provide you with options on how to pay for long-term care while protecting your family’s assets. Call us at 317-863-0213 to schedule a free initial consultation to find out how we help.
Assessing Your Loved One’s Need for Care
Basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
|Basic Activity of Daily Living (ADLs)||Signs that Care/Assistance is Needed|
|Functional mobility: Getting out of bed, sitting in and getting back up out of a chair, or generally moving around from place to place.||Has your loved one fallen recently? Has the frequency of falls increased? Do they seem unsteady or unbalanced when moving around? Are stairs becoming too difficult?|
|Self-Feeding: This is just the ability to feed themselves, not cooking or preparing meals.||Is your loved one losing weight? Determine if it’s a lack of interest in cooking or if they’re having trouble feeding themselves.|
|Toileting: Getting there, using it, wiping, getting back up.||Are accidents happening? Do they need adult briefs because toileting has become difficult?|
|Bathing/Showing||Is the frequency of bathing on the decline because it’s becoming too difficult?|
|Hygiene/Grooming||Pay attention to things like unwashed or uncombed hair, stained clothing, and so on.|
|Dressing||Do they look disheveled or not as “put together” as they normally do?|
Additional Signs and Red Flags to Watch for
Getting Benefits to Pay for Care: Senior Solutions Consulting can help
For over two decades, we have specialized in helping families get the care they need through the proper programs all while preserving as many of the family’s assets as allowable. Call on us to find out what benefits you might qualify for and what it takes to get it done.
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