Understanding the Differences in Florida Long-Term Care Support for Our Seniors

Do you have an aging loved one still able to live in his or her own home? Are you concerned about what the future may hold as your loved one ages and whether he or she can continue to live in his or her home? Have you and your aging loved one discussed long-term care and the choices in care that are available? Do you and your senior have questions? In Florida, there are several options available for long-term care. We know it can be confusing, so we would like to help you and your loved one understand your options.

Staying at home with assistance is the first long-term care solution. Most aging Americans would rather remain in their home as opposed to entering into a long-term care facility. If that is an option, consider bringing in home health care when it is needed. Home health care can be varied and will be able to fill whatever needs your loved one may have.  Home health care can range from companion care to hands-on assistance in making food, dressing, bathing and other activities of daily living.

What happens if your loved one needs more care than he or she can receive in his or her own home? The next level of care to consider is assisted living. Assisted living is primarily a residential facility for seniors who need help with the basics, but are not chronically ill. Staff can help your loved one with day to day needs that do not require specific medical attention. For example, those needs may include bathing, getting dressed and undressed, and preparing and eating meals. In addition, assisted living also offers socialization which maybe a better atmosphere for those struggling with mental health issues that stem from anxiety or isolation if they live on their own.  Help may also be provided to complete basic financial tasks, like paying bills and buying groceries. Even though assisted living is not a medical facility, your senior can also get help with managing their medications.

When a senior needs medical attention on a regular basis, like IV medications, physical therapy that happens daily rather than weekly, or has an ongoing chronic condition, a skilled nursing home is likely needed. A skilled nursing home is basically a medical facility and is equipped to meet the medical needs of your loved one. All of these options can be very expensive. Medicaid long term care benefits can help with these costs. A Florida elder law attorney can answer all your questions about Medicaid and help you qualify for and get assistance.

Our office can discuss long-term care options and planning for the cost of long-term care. To learn more about Meloro Law and how we can help you do not wait to call us today.