Long-term care helps people live as independently and safely as possible with a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs, which they may no longer be able to perform on their own. It can be provided in different places by caregivers for a long or short period of time, depending on the individual’s needs.
Most long-term care is provided at home by unpaid family members or friends or it can be given in a facility such as a community or nursing home. There are many reasons a person might need long-term care including:
- Age. The need for assistance generally increases as people get older.
- Gender. Sometimes women require a greater need of a caregiver because they often live longer than men.
- Marital Status. Often times after the death of a spouse, people may need more assistance.
- Lifestyle. Poor diet and exercise habits can increase the need for a caregiver.
- Health. Such illnesses or injuries as alzheimer’s disease, depression, stroke, heart disease or a hip injury can be a reason someone might need assistance.
The most common type of long-term care is personal care or help with everyday activities such as, bathing, dressing, grooming, using the toilet, eating and mobility assistance. These activities are also called “activities of daily living” or ADLs. Long-term care may also include community services such as meals, transportation services or adult day care.
Sometimes an individual may need more assistance in different areas such as medical care, homemaking and companionship.
- Medical care involves part-time medical services, often requested by a physician. Services may include nursing care to aid recovery after surgery, an accident or illness and physical, occupational or speech therapy.
- Homemaking assistance, generally assists with activities of daily living, but can also provide housekeeping services such as cleaning, preparing meals and shopping.
- Companionship is when someone visits the senior’s home and provides interaction with them. This ranges from doing activities with the senior such as card games or simply sitting and talking with them.
It can be difficult to make the decision that a senior loved one may need assistance in any of the above areas, but there comes a time when the topic should be discussed and a plan be made. Whether from the comfort of their own home or in a nursing home or community, long-term care can provide the assistance needed for your aging family member and give them and yourself some peace of mind.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Homecare in King of Prussia, PA please contact the caring staff at Correct Choice Home Care today at (267) 323-1700.