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QUESTIONS OF CARING

Are you asking the right
questions about long-term care?

We all agree that individual capabilities change with time. If you or a special person in your life are experiencing changes in physical or emotional bearing, it may be time to consider the benefits of Skilled Nursing Care.


Or it may not be. Every individual’s aging process and every family’s caregiving capacity are unique. But looking ahead now can help avoid costly medical and emotional outcomes later.


Your answers to the following Questions of Caring can help determine if Skilled Nursing Care is a timely fit for you or your loved one.

QUESTIONS OF CARING

A. Have You or Your Loved One…

  1. Experienced two or more falls in the past six months?
  2. Expressed any confusion about proper medication,or experienced episodes of mix-ups with medications, in the past year?
  3. Exhibited periods of unusual listlessness, lethargy or disengagement that have extended over time spans of three or more weeks
  4. Always been independent but now found the need to reach out for help with seemingly minor issues or fears at unusual times of the day or night?
  5. Been spending less time on reading, hobbies, outside interests, household or personal care and spending more time watching lower-grade television programming?
  6. Not been eating healthy meals regularly?
  7. Had frequent or repeat trips to the hospital for treatment of chronic illnesses or recurring medical issues?
  8. Had a gradual or sudden decline in quality of life.

B. Have You or Your Family Members…

  1. Experienced elevated levels of stress in your family role transition from son or daughter or family member to Primary Caregiver or Co-Caregiver?
  2. Seen in your loved one greater frequency of episodes of frustration in the completion of small tasks and/or brief outbursts of inappropriate anger?
  3. Experienced new levels of stress in your personal or work relationships since increasing your caregiver responsibilities.
  4. At any time felt that a lack of sleep or an abiding sense of anxiety/guilt about your loved one may be affecting your own general health?
  5. Begun asking older friends or co-workers questions about how they handled the different “stages of aging” that they experienced with their loved ones?
  6. Found the need to piece together care or pay for additional services beyond what is currently provided at home or with an assisted living facility?
  7. Been taking on more and more responsibilities in the upkeep of your loved one’s home?
  8. Experienced a decline in your quality of life or the quality of life of your family related to the care of your loved one.

What's Next

Honesty Is Always The Best Answer.

When making decisions about “what’s next”, it is critical to have facts about the three major categories of care available: Home Care, Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing. The following provides some initial guidelines that will help direct you to the best the choice for you, your family…and your future.

COMPARISON OF CARE OPTIONS

Choose HOME CARE when:
  • Being home alone safely is not a concern
  • Judgment and decision skills are sharp
  • Family caregivers can direct care with minimal stress
  • Family can manage property cleaning, repairs, upkeep and costs
Choose ASSISTED LIVING CARE when:
  • Help is needed with daily bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and taking medications
  • There are no chronic/recurring medical conditions requiring ongoing skilled medical care
  • Family caregivers are unable to effectively direct care without undue stress
  • Family cannot manage property needs without high stress/costs
Choose SKILLED NURSING CARE when:
  • Medical condition(s) require ongoing, onsite care by skilled medical professionals
  • Likelihood of falls, illness, and hospitalizations are growing
  • Multiple needs (medical, emotional, nutritional) are best fulfilled by a 24/7 integrated team of specialists of RNs, physicians, dietitians, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, etc.
  • Providing family members with peace-of-mind knowing the best possible care, attention and quality of life is a priority.

Yes, It's One of Those Lifetime Decisions, But You Are Not Alone

You want to make the best choice for your loved one and there is help available from the experienced team at the Moravian Village Healthcare Center Long-Term Care Community. Their mission is to provide guidance to families so they can make the best decisions possible.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss the best options for your situation, contact Deborah Ellis, Long-Term Care Consultant, today.

484-201-7880 - dellis@moravianvillage.com

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