Selecting a Long-Term Care Facility

TJ Falohun
Added: 08.22.2022
3 minutes read
When a loved one can no longer take care of themselves and needs assistance with day-to-day activities such as eating, bathing, and using the restroom, you may face a decision to put your loved one in a long-term care facility. This decision can be heartbreaking, but it is important to remember that by doing so, you are ensuring their safety in a comfortable setting with professional oversight. Further, your health and livelihood are equally as important and must be prioritized. Remember, you are not alone - millions of family caregivers around the country make the same decision every day.

When to consider long-term care

  • Caregiving is too demanding or conflicts with work and other obligations
  • Loved one wanders or demonstrates other unsafe behavior
  • You live far away from your loved one

Consider in-home care

If you are unable to provide care to your loved one, you also may want to consider in-home care as an alternative to a long-term care facility, particularly when your loved one is partially self-sufficient.

Below are some advantages of in-home care:

  • Ability to still spend time with them
  • Removes the burden of care from you; ability to rest

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Types of long-term care facilities

There a wide variety of long-term care facilities, depending on the needs of your loved one.

Independent living

  • For seniors who are self-sufficient with only a minimal need for medical or personal care.
  • Offers the ability to socialize and participate in recreational activities with their peers
Assisted living

  • For seniors who are partially self-sufficient but need help with daily activities.
  • 24-hr supervision is provided. These include assistance with daily activities and healthcare services
  • Activities include: eating, using the bathroom, bathing, medication, housekeeping, dressing
Residential care homes

  • Private homes where a group of residents are cared for by live-in caregivers
  • A more private, community-like analog of assisted living
  • Offers the ability to socialize and participate in recreational activities with their peers
  • Activities: daily activities, varies by home
Alzheimer's care

  • For seniors living with dementia or Alzheimer's
  • 24-hr support with structures activities
  • Usually offered in assisted living facility and less often in nursing homes
Nursing homes

  • For seniors in need of constant care and lack the ability to live independently
  • Trained professional staff provide care and assistance with daily activities
  • Residents typically share a room and dine in a common area
  • Activities include: daily activities, healthcare services, rehab services, recreational activities