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Long-Term Planning for Parkinson’s Care

By Cherie Coe, 9:35 pm on

Making long-term provisions for a senior family member with Parkinson’s is one of the most important things that you can do. There are several vital considerations that must be made as part of this process. As mobility and other basic functions start to decline, your loved one will need to appoint power of attorney to a trusted family member for the management of finances and a living trust. It will also be necessary to have an agent in charge medical care.

Different Options in Long-Term Care

Long-term care can many many things. Some aging adults will enter into nursing homes when their needs become too great for their family members to continue meeting them on their own. Others will opt to age in place with the assistance of dedicated family members who rely either partially or fully on professional in-home caregivers in Jefferson County. The decision to age in place can be supplemented with a number of helpful community services and resources such as meal delivery systems, routine visits from social services and more. Ultimately, families must consider their resources and their willingness and ability to commit to long-term care programs as sole or primary caregivers.

The Costs of Long-Term Care

One of the most significant factors to consider when planning for long-term care is the costs of living in a facility and of getting outside support from secondary caretakers while aging in place. Seniors should carefully review their finances, learn which programs and services are covered by government or private healthcare plans and make diligent comparisons of their options. Seniors living with Parkinson’s should have help from family members during this process who can both advocate for their rights and assist in screening providers and facilities.

The Benefits of Aging in Place

Aging in place as a long-term plan can be one of the most beneficial decisions for seniors who have adequate support from loved ones and limited financial resources for securing high-quality nursing home care. In-home care in Jefferson County also enables seniors to continue living in a familiar environment and to face the challenges of Parkinson’s disease with the help and support of a highly trained and professional caregiver. And because care is provided on a one-to-one basis, as opposed to one caregiver for multiple patients, families can rest assured that their loved one is receiving the exact level of care they need, as Parkinson’s progresses.

Learn More about In-Home Parkinson’s Care

If you are considering in-home care for an aging parent or loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Jefferson County today. Along with a team of highly trained and compassionate caregivers and flexible hourly and live-in care schedules, we specialize in Parkinson’s care in Jefferson County and can meet the needs of your aging loved one, both now and in the future. Call 303-987-5992 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager and start planning for long-term care today.