Long-Term Care: Choosing the Right Place
Many of us hope to stay in our homes as we grow older. Often we are able to
do that. But later in life-usually by our 80s and 90s-some of us need a hand
with everyday activities like shopping, cooking, or bathing. A few of us need
more help on a regular basis. Maybe that means it's time to move to a place
where expert care is available around-the-clock.
Where to start
Do you think that your family member can't live at home any longer? It might
be your husband or wife, a parent, aunt or uncle, or even a grandparent. You've
added a hand rail on the front steps and grab bars in the bathroom. You made
plans for a home health aide to come to the house every day. You arranged for
help with meals, and you visit every day. But now you wonder if staying at home
is the best choice. Where do you go for help? Here are some answers to that and
other questions that you might have as you look for the best place for you or
your relative to live.