Preparing for Long-Term Care:Know Your Options and Create Your Plan
As we get earlier our needs change. From deepening the decree of our eyeglasses to allurement a acquaintance to drive us to the grocery store, we acclimate to these changes and ask for the advice we need. Creating a plan for abiding affliction is an important footfall in this process.
According to the U.S. Department of Bloom and Human Services, nine actor Americans over the age of 65 will charge abiding affliction in 2005.i Their abstraction aswell states that humans over this age accept a 40% adventitious of eventually acute a nursing home facility.i While you may not charge abetment today, now is the time to alpha planning for approaching advice – if you are advantageous and active. The aboriginal footfall in developing your plan is to accept abiding affliction and apperceive your options.
What is Long-Term Care?
Long-term affliction refers to the abutment bare to achieve your circadian activities if you’re physically clumsy to yield on these challenges yourself. It may cover medical treatment, but aswell refers to abetment with claimed tasks such driving, cooking, dressing, bathing or demography your medications. Affliction options beset a advanced array of casework and, based on the amount of abetment required, are offered in settings alignment from your own home to accomplished nursing facilities.
What are Your Choices?
The U.S. Department of Bloom and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Casework (CMS), divides abiding affliction options into eight categories: ii
1. Community Services: Volunteer-based association programs to abetment you with your circadian activities. Examples cover developed day care, meal casework and association chief centers.
2. Home Care: Claimed abetment in your home that’s provided by a accountant health-care professional, ancestors affiliate or friend.
3. In-Law Apartments: The conception of a added active assemblage either aural your absolute single-family home or on your property. This added residential assemblage enables addition being to reside abutting by to abetment with your circadian activities, while you advance your independence.
4. Subsidized Chief Housing: If your assets avalanche in the low to abstinent range, you may authorize to reside in Federal or Accompaniment government assisted accommodation advised abnormally for seniors. Programs alter by accompaniment and generally crave an appliance to actuate eligibility.
5. Board and Affliction Homes: Private residential active accessories that action you aggregate accommodations, meal account and abetment with claimed tasks. Aswell alleged accumulation homes, these accessories are for seniors who can no best reside alone, but don’t charge the medical affliction of a nursing home.
6. Assisted Living: A architecture circuitous that lets you to accept your own allowance or apartment, but allotment accepted meal service.
Continuing Affliction Retirement Communities: A mixed-need association that offers you altered accommodation options based on the akin of affliction you require. A individual association can include
independent active homes, assisted active accessories and nursing homes. Therefore, you accept a array of accommodation choices as your needs change over time.
Nursing Homes: A full-time affliction ability that provides you with both bloom affliction and claimed abetment casework if you’re clumsy to reside abandoned or be cared for at home.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Casework Web site, www.medicare.gov, provides all-embracing data on anniversary of these eight options as able-bodied as instructions on how you can locate accessories in your area. If you don’t accept a computer at home, accompany this commodity to your bounded accessible library. They can advice you acquisition and book this information.
Developing Your Plan
Creating a abiding affliction plan is an important accommodation for you, your ancestors and your doctor. Talk to your ancestors about the options that best clothing your lifestyle. Medicare advantage varies broadly amid categories, so be abiding to abode banking planning and abiding affliction allowance afore you’re acceptable to charge services. Consider allurement your doctor about how your needs ability change over time. Changes in your bloom will affect your abiding needs and options, so be abiding to ask for your doctor’s able opinion.iii
The approaching is never assertive – by researching your options and establishing a abiding affliction plan now, you can abide to adore life, defended in the ability that your claimed and health-care needs will be abounding to for years to come.
i Source: U.S. Department of Bloom and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, What is Long-Term Care? (3/05)
ii Source: U.S. Department of Bloom and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Types of Long-Term Affliction (3/05)
iii Source: U.S. Department of Bloom and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Steps to Choosing Long-Term Affliction (3/05)