When Does One Need Long-Term Care?

As we get older everyday daily tasks that were easy during our youth can become increasingly difficult. Taking care of ourselves and tending to our activities of daily living (ADLs) can become a challenge. Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and toileting may be required as we may become less independent with age. Long-term care provides the ability to live safely using support services when one is unable to care for themselves on their own.

In most cases, long-term care is needed after a serious health condition like a heart attack or stroke. In other cases, a caregiver may need to help a patient recover from an operation or accident. As a person ages, they may experience issues with movement or suffer from a chronic illness. Long-term care spans a wide range of services for both health-related and non-health-related issues and can be performed in a variety of settings including one’s home or within a specialized facility.

Who Benefits from Long-Term Care?

Every individual’s needs are different. When it comes to long-term care certain factors influence the likelihood of needing assistance. They include:

  • Age: Older adults need more assistance with ADLs
  • Gender: Women are more likely to need care because of a longer lifespan
  • Health History: Chronic health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure usually run in families. Individuals with a genetic disposition are more vulnerable.
  • Lifestyle: Lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, and other bad habits increase the likelihood of needing long-term care.
  • Living Alone: Someone without family members or friends nearby may require long-term care.

The Right Long-Term Care Setting Just for You
Tomball Retirement Center offers specialized services to enhance the daily life of residents with specialized needs. Every resident receives customized care tailored just for them. Our warm, personalized approach is designed to offer unique care while respecting personal preferences. Whether it’s skilled nursing, long or short-term care, or rehabilitation, each program addresses the specific goals of each resident. It’s important to learn about the different options available so that you can choose the best one for your loved one.

Assisted Living

At Tomball Retirement Center our long-term care program provides residents with ADLs as well as medication management. Our program is structured to provide your loved ones with additional health care support so that they can sustain everyday activities. Residents can enjoy meals, socialization, and fun activities all within a community setting.

Independent Living

For seniors who want to maintain a sense of independence in a place they can call home, Tomball Retirement Center offers flexibility with month-to-month leases. Each room features personal amenities so that residents can enjoy privacy. Group amenities also provide socialization and entertainment for residents. Meal prep, trash and more save residents from upkeep so they can enjoy security and safety. Wi-Fi access is included in all common areas, three meals a day are provided, and outings and leisure activities keep residents busy. A housekeeper helps keep living areas clean and laundry facilities are right on-premises. Transportation is also included.

Planning for Long-Term Care

Preparing ahead for long-term care can be a lifesaver. We never know when our loved ones might need it. Having a plan before accidents, illnesses or injuries happen is a wise course of action. With time to explore your options, you can learn which services are available in your community and understand their cost. If you have a loved one with a cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, planning for long-term care should begin as early as possible.

Long-Term Care Financing Options

Billions of dollars are spent every year in the United States on long-term care. The high cost can be intimidating but there are options depending on your financial situation. Examples to consider include:

  • Selling your home
  • Reverse mortgages
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Assets and personal savings funds
  • Income from stocks
  • Government-funded health insurance programs like Medicaid
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Services through the Older Americans Act

Contact us today for a free consultation. Fill out our form https://tomballretirementcenter.com/contact/ and one of our caring team members will get back to you shortly.

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