When Is Long-Term Care Necessary for a Loved One?

Long-term care involves providing medical care by skilled healthcare professionals to address some of the common issues or conditions often associated with aging individuals. Long-term care includes a variety of services for people suffering from a chronic illness, injury or disability who can no longer care for themselves in the usual home setting.

The need for long-term care is determined by a healthcare professional assessing an individual’s ability to perform routine tasks of life or activities of daily living (ADLs). The most common ADLs reviewed to determine the need for long-term care are:

  • Dressing – putting on and removing clothing, necessary braces and/or fasteners.
  • Eating and preparing meals – being able to feed one’s self and cook proper meals.
  • Mobility around the house – moving into and out of bed, chairs or wheelchairs; general ease of getting around the inside of the home.
  • Using the bathroom – using the toilet, getting in and out of the shower or bath, and keeping up on personal hygiene.

There are additional activities to consider as well, like managing money, handling medications, doing light housework and shopping for groceries and necessities. These tasks are also necessary for independence and to maintain a good quality of life.

When an aging loved one can no longer be cared for at home, if they have a high level of disability and need assistance with at least three of the ADLs listed above, long-term care can offer around-the-clock care by a specially trained team of healthcare professionals. This care can include all forms of therapy including physical, occupational and speech therapies, as well as services like meals, laundry and housekeeping. The services are provided in a comfortable, home-like setting and encourage individuals to maintain their independency in a supportive environment.

To learn more about long-term care offered by American Senior Communities, visit www.asccare.com/service/long-term-care/.

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