CHICAGO, IL – Long-Term Care Planning Month encourages seniors and their loved ones to take a look at the potential need for these services in the future. While the future is unknown, exploring long-term care options will pay off in the long run when the services are needed rather than being blindsided and rushed to find a facility.
There are a variety of options available to seniors today than ever before. Here are five tips to keep in mind during Long-Term Care Planning Month:
- Visualize your ideal senior living situation. It can be hard to find the right fit which is why you need to ask yourself critical questions like if you would prefer living in a single room or a companion suite? Would you like some type of outdoor space like a garden or walking paths? Is the facility near other family members so they are able to visit conveniently?
- Take a look at your finances. Sitting down to figure out your finances can be a mundane task; however, it will help you have a better understanding of what you can afford on a monthly and annual basis.
- Take the time to plan. Just like any other decision, it’s important to take your time while making the decision of where you may potentially live. Ensure that the type of nursing home or long-term care facility has activities and offers the level of support that you need and are looking for.
- Meet with a professional advisor. This may include meeting with your elder law attorney who helps prepare legal documents who can spell out the appropriate level of care you will need and your preferences in treatment.
- Imagine your life living in a long-term care facility. As with any change, it may take some time to settle in and feel “at home” again. It can be difficult being away from family and friends which is why you should ensure that the facility is in close proximity so they can visit as often as possible, either in-person or virtually!
Planning for the unknown can be difficult, but by going through the process of planning for long-term care that will eventually be needed, you and your family will have peace at mind knowing this is taken care of and will be less stressful when the time comes.
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