These questions can help you determine whether long term care is appropriate.
- Is the person isolated from social contact?
- Are the person’s sleeping habits, eating habits or activity levels changing?
Daily Activities/Eating Habits
- Is the person having a difficult time walking, bathing, dressing or eating?
- Has the person shown an increased susceptibility to falling and bruising?
- Is the person’s mental reasoning ability at a level where personal safety and the safety of others is at risk?
Increasing Medical Needs
- Does the person need medical care that is hard to provide?
- Do medications need to be increased?
- Does the person need help taking medications?
- Does the person use medical equipment, such as an oxygen tank, or need daily or weekly treatments like dialysis?
- Is rehabilitative care needed, such as after a surgery or injury?
- Is a family caregiver exhausted due to the amount of care the person needs?
Medication Errors/Missed Doctor’s Appointments
- Are the person’s medications being mixed up, or not taken at all?
- Are doctor’s appointments being missed?
- Can the person still manage to run a household, such as keeping a checkbook or paying bills?
- Is there a dramatic change in how the house is kept?
If you’ve answered yes to a number of these questions, it may well be time to talk about getting some form of assistance.