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Signs Someone Might Need Long Term Care

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?
Cognitive Ability
  • 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?
Caregiver Burnout
  • 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?
Household Management
  • 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.