Planning For Long-Term Care For Dummies

Planning For Long-Term Care For Dummies

Carol Levine

Language: English

Pages: 360

ISBN: 1118725751

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Planning For Long-Term Care For Dummies

Carol Levine

Language: English

Pages: 360

ISBN: 1118725751

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Expert advice on planning for your own or a relative’s future care needs

As we live longer and healthier lives, planning for the long term has never been more important. Planning gives you more control, but it’s not easy to find accurate information and answers to your questions. That’s where AARP’s Planning For Long-Term Care For Dummies comes in.
This comprehensive guide gives you questions to ask yourself and others about how best to achieve your goals, whether you have immediate needs or can take some time to sort out the possibilities. The book 

  • Covers home modifications so that you can stay at home safely for as long as you like
  • Lays out the opportunities and costs associated with independent living, assisted living, and other options
  • Gives you a range of driving and transportation alternatives
  • Sorts out the various sources of care at home
  • Helps you navigate the healthcare system
  • Reviews the legal documents you should prepare and update
  • Helps you determine whether you need long-term care insurance
  • Offers checklists and other resources to help you make decisions
  • Gives you guidance on how to talk to your family about sensitive issues

If you're looking for trusted information on how to prepare for the future care needs for yourself or a relative, this sensitive, realistic, and authoritative guide will start you on the right road.

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www.nsclc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/20-Common-Problems-Nov-2010-Final.pdf. * * * Nursing-home residents’ rights The 1987 federal Nursing Home Reform Law guarantees residents’ rights and places a strong emphasis on individual dignity and self-determination. A person living in a nursing home has the same civil rights as someone living in the community. The law states that all nursing homes that participate in Medicare and Medicaid are required to “provide services and activities to

a treatment decision increases. And a quick conversation about a friend's situation or a news report most likely will not be enough to ensure that your own or your parent's wishes are understood and followed. What everyone needs to do is have a series of conversations that involve family, doctors, clergy, or other trusted individuals. In this section I underline the importance of the different aspects of care that you should address in advance. Another good resource is AARP's The Other Talk: A

possessions such as collections, artwork, or other valued items. Does the floor plan allow sufficient privacy for everyone? An open floor plan is conducive to family togetherness but also limits the space available for each individual to find a special spot to read, write, watch TV, or take a nap. Are modifications needed for safety or accessibility? This is discussed in Chapter 5, so look at those suggestions. Are pets going to accompany your parent? If so, how will you integrate them

www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-11-2011/Aging-In-Place.html. In addition, AARP has an extensive evaluation guide, available at http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/il/d18311_communities.pdf, intended to be used by a coalition of community partners to identify problems and plan action. There are sections on walkability, housing, shopping, recreation and cultural activities, transportation, and healthcare services. This would be a good project for a citizens’ group, but if you are

home, so take particular note of sidewalks and streets that may be dangerous. Call your local agency in charge of streets and buildings to report any particularly bad spots. Are there traffic lights in frequently crossed areas? Are the lights programmed to allow for older pedestrians’ slower speed of crossing? Are crosswalks well marked? Are there curb cuts (areas cut out of the edges of a sidewalk) at intersections, making it possible to move a wheelchair or walker without having to

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