An elderly woman with her adult daughter.

Being a caregiver for an aging parent or loved one is a heavy responsibility, especially for those who are caring for children as well. Close to 10 million adult children older than 50 are currently caring for an aging parent, and 47 percent of those people are also raising children simultaneously. If the cost of being your parent’s caregiver has become higher than you can afford, consider the benefits of professional help, such as long-term care.

Long-term care is a level of healthcare that is provided to residents in a nursing home or continuing care retirement community (CCRC) setting, such as Fair Haven. CCRCs like Fair Haven also provide other services, including assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation services.

In long-term care, teams of specially licensed long-term care providers, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and physicians provide a range of services to manage ongoing health conditions and medications, oversee therapy and rehab needs, and provide other special assistance, such as help eating, bathing and getting dressed for the day. While assisted living provides limited medical supervision, long-term care provides complex medical care.

However, only a physician, along with a team of certified nurses, can truly determine if long-term care is the level of care your parent or loved one requires through extensive evaluation and assessment. The specific medical needs of a resident are determined on a case-by-case basis.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few signs that your parent’s needs may be a good fit for long-term care:

(1) Your parent requires the services of a healthcare provider on a daily basis.

Does your parent have a complex, chronic or worsening health condition that requires the help of a nurse? If he or she has a health condition that requires daily assistance from a healthcare provider, long-term may be the answer. With teams of medical personnel on-site at all times, you can rest assured that your parent will be able to receive the assistance and care he or she needs any time, day or night.

(2) He or she needs constant (or almost constant) supervision.

If you believe that your parent may need constant supervision for safety concerns, or will soon need constant supervision due to worsening health, this may be another sign that long-term may be a good fit. Skilled nursing staff is available all hours of the day to help residents with medical needs, and to simply help residents move around when getting to community activities, to the dining room, restroom, or to exit the building in case of an emergency.

(3) He or she needs help identifying medication.

Does your parent struggle to recognize different medications from one another, or need help managing medications? If your parent takes multiple medications each day, can’t recognize his or her medications, long-term care may be the best fit. Assisted living care requires that residents are able to identify their medications, while long-term care gives your parent the extra help he or she requires.

4) Your loved one can no longer maintain his or her household, nor care for him or herself.

Does your parent maintain good hygiene? Has he been able to pay the bills on time? Is she able to get the food and medicine she needs? Is he able to eat, bathe and dress with little assistance?

Long-term care also provides personal health and hygiene assistance, as well as housekeeping, laundry and dining services. Residents of assisted living must be able to eat and manage their diets on their own, so if your parent needs more than a little help to accomplish these tasks, skilled nursing may be the best fit.

Long-term care can provide the advanced services your loved one medically requires, giving much-needed relief for both the parent and the adult child caregiver. Your parent will receive the qualified, daily assistance they need, giving you more time to spend with your parent, enjoying their company instead of struggling to fill the role of caregiver.

For more information on long-term care, and whether long-term care is right for your loved one, contact Fair Haven at 205-956-4150.

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