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LONG-TERM CARE

 

The need for long-term care may be brought on by the effects of a debilitating disease, injury, or simply by the natural aging process.

Most older people are independent but later in life, especially in the 80s and 90s, one may begin to need help with everyday activities like shopping, cooking, walking, or bathing. For many people, regular or long-term care may mean a little help at first and evetuanlly culminate to frequent care. For others who are frail or suffering from dementia and other chronic conditions long-term care may involve in home care or facility based care where assistance is available 24 hours a day.  

When to decide for Long-term Care?

The concerns listed here could be the basis for a need of long-term care:

 

  • Frailty
  • Frequent falls, trips or slips
  • Forgetfulness
  • Confusion
  • Frequent agitation
  • Inability to maintain personal hygiene
  • Inability to maintain safe home envirnoment
  • Inability to take care of nutrition, medication
  • Anxiety
  • Fear of debilitation effects of illness
  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Any related symptoms of cognitive impairment

 

While other adults couldtolerate living independently with the following chronic conditions, others may already need long-term care:

  • Physical disabilities, eitheer temporary or permanent 
  • Alzheimer's
  • Dementia
  • Memory impairment, and/or cognitive impairments
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Long-term surgical recovery
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Athritis
  • Other chronic illnesses such as Heart disease, Vascular disease, COPD, Diabetes, Kidney failure, Strokes