|Choosing a Nursing Home|
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|Cost of Nursing Homes|
|When do I start looking?|
|What information do I neeed?|
|Is there finanical assistance?|
When do I need to start looking at a nursing home?
There is no set date on the calendar or milestone age that says "today is the day." If you notice a loved one requiring more assistance than usual, you should always talk to their doctor. Certain medical conditions or medications can cause our minds and bodies to do strange things. Some families are able to care for a loved one with frequent visits or having them move in with them. If a loved one is needing help remembering to take medications, preparing meals, or doing housekeeping, it is probably a situation that family or friends can step in to help. If more assistance is required for dressing, bathing, and eating, then it may be time to start considering home health, assisted living or nursing care.
If you feel your loved one is not safe to be left unsupervised due to falls, confusion, or the need for assistance, now is the time to begin looking for nursing home care. Delaying can put your loved one in jeopardy.