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Is It Time for an Aging Parent to Move into a Long-Term Care Facility?

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Are you concerned that your aging parent may have Alzheimer's Disease? What exactly is Alzheimer’s Disease? It is a progressive condition that affects memory, cognitive function, and the ability to perform everyday tasks. As the disease advances, it can become increasingly challenging for families to provide the necessary care at home. It is important to know and recognize the signs that your aging parent may benefit from a memory care facility. Also extremely important is being sure that their estate plan is up to date and seeking guidance from a Florida elder law attorney. During the month of November, which is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and throughout the year, one of the goals of our law firm is to be sure you and your aging parent have the support you both need during this challenging time.

So, how do you know when it is time for your aging parent to move into a long-term care facility? Be aware that every diagnosis has its own unique challenges, however, we would like to share just a few of the signs that it might be time to consider transitioning your aging parent to a memory care facility.

  1. You are concerned about safety. Have you noticed issues such as your aging parent frequently forgets to turn off the stove, struggles with basic mobility, or has had multiple falls or injuries? These can indicate that a safer environment with constant supervision is needed.

  2. Are you noticing difficulty with managing activities of daily living? A marked decline in the ability to handle daily tasks such as grooming, dressing, and feeding can signal that a higher level of care is required.

  3. There are changes in behavior. As the disease progresses, aggressive outbursts, mood swings, or periods of confusion, especially during the evening hours (often referred to as "sundowning"), can be emotionally taxing for family caregivers and may indicate that professional assistance is needed.

  4. There are an increasing amount of medical needs. If your loved one requires regular medical attention, has frequent infections, or is experiencing rapid weight loss or gain, it may be challenging to manage their health needs at home.

  5. There may be an issue with caregiver burnout. Taking care of someone with Alzheimer's is emotionally and physically demanding. If the primary caregiver is experiencing signs of burnout, such as exhaustion, irritability, or health problems, it might be time to consider additional support.

  6. Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease often wander. A common symptom of Alzheimer's Disease is wandering, which can pose severe safety risks, especially if your aging parent becomes lost or ventures out during extreme weather conditions.

In addition to recognizing these signs, it is crucial to be prepared both legally and financially. Your experienced Florida elder law attorney can help you not only ensure that your aging parent’s estate plan is current but help choose the right care and find a way to pay for it. Memory care facilities can be expensive. An experienced Florida elder law attorney can guide you through potential financial assistance options, including benefits, aids, and other resources that can help cover costs. Your Florida elder law attorney often will have a network of professionals who can provide insights into the best memory care facilities in your area, ensuring your loved one receives top-tier care.

Making the decision to move an aging parent to a memory care facility can be heart-wrenching, but it is sometimes the best option for their safety and well-being. By staying informed and seeking the expertise of professionals, including a Florida elder law attorney, you can navigate this challenging transition with confidence and clarity, ensuring your aging parent is cared for in the best possible manner.

We know this article may raise more questions than it answers. Our office is here to help you navigate the legal issues related to estate planning, probate, and elder law for yourself and your loved ones. We encourage you to contact us and schedule a meeting with our attorneys.


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