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THE REALITY IS that the need for long-term care is something that most adults hope to avoid, but the likelihood for care increases as longevity increases.
may be enjoying living in the home that you’ve owned for 30 years.
Before you make any decisions about what kind of long-term care you will use, fully investigate all your options. The better you prepare, the more an urgent sit- uation can become a thoughtful decision instead.
The reality is that the need for long- term care is something that most adults hope to avoid, but the likelihood for care increases as longevity increases. Inves- tigating your options now helps you to identify your preferences as well as evalu- ate how you will cover the costs for those selections.
Your resources will have an impact on your options. Considerations will be made for income, assets, military service, Medi- care related needs, Medicaid payable ser- vices, Area Agency on Aging programs, Waiver programs, pension programs in your area, senior millage programs, long- term care insurance, estate planning, and more as well as level of care needed.
Many facilities now offer virtual tours, which can allow for a first glimpse right
from the comfort of your own home. If you like what you see then an actual visit may be the next thing on your list. Facil- ities have worked hard to create a safe environment for residents and they will require your assistance as you prepare to enter their facility.
As facilities continue to open up to
the public again it can be valuable to get engaged or volunteer at an area facility that interests you. Join clubs at area facili- ties and get to know staff. Ask to visit for a meal. Ask to participate in a program offered at their facility. Determine to ask friends where they have visited and what they liked about area facilities. As you travel to various health fairs and senior fairs again stop and chat with the staff and ask them questions.
Given your level of interest you might even try a stay-cation, or a weekend visit. That way you’ll be able to gauge how staff interacts at all times of the day and night. If family does provide a higher level of your care you might even give a gift to family members and try a longer stay so they can get away on a vacation of their
Possibly you are starting to question how living might be made easier, or safer, with others surrounding you. In some cases, skilled nursing may be the option that needs to be your next step. The good news is that all these options, and more, are available in our community. In some cases, a combination of services might be what will meet your desires and needs the best.
The time to start developing a plan for long-term care is before you need or want it. This will allow for the person ultimately needing care, as well as family members, to make decisions together. Making inten- tional choices rather than choosing from ones that are limited by a more urgent situation allows for the most practical adjustments and comfortable transition. However, determining which services
and living arrangements best meet your needs, and what options are available and affordable, can be complicated and confusing.

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