One of the hardest things a caregiver will ever have to do is know when it is time for a loved one to go into a long-term care facility. Identifying some of the signs may help make the decision process a little easier.
- Are you or your loved one isolated from social contact?
- Are you or your loved one’s sleeping habits, eating habits or activity levels changing?
- Are you or your loved one having a difficult time walking, bathing, dressing or eating?
- Has there been an increased susceptibility to falling and bruising?
Increasing Medical Needs
- Do you or a loved one need medical care that is hard to provide on your own?
- Do medications need to be increased?
- Do you or your loved one need help taking medications?
- Do you or your loved one use medical equipment like an oxygen tank or need daily or weekly treatments like dialysis?
- Is rehabilitation care needed, such as after a surgery or injury?
- Is a family caregiver exhausted due to the amount of care you or your loved one needs?
Medication Errors/Missed Doctor’s Appointments
- Are you or your loved one’s medications being mixed up, or not taken at all?
- Are doctor’s appointments being missed?
- Can you or your loved one still man age 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 is probably time to talk about getting assistance.
No matter what your health care needs are, Lancaster Rehabilitation is here to serve you with dignity and respect. Please stop by for a tour of our beautiful facility.