I could see that Heritage Lane is staffed from end to end with people that did a specific thing as opposed to one staff member who is responsible for a whole gamut of things.Rolly (Family Member)
Planning for the possibility of long-term care gives you ample time to learn about services in your community, what they involve, and what they cost. It’s always best to make important decisions while you are still able, as you never know for sure when or if you will need long-term care. Accidents happen in an instant, and illness and injury can set in quick. People with Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive impairments and mental health issues should start planning for long-term care ASAP.
Here are some tips on what to consider when planning ahead for long-term care.
Start by thinking about what would happen if you became disabled or seriously ill. Have conversations with family, friends, and a lawyer about who would provide care if you needed it. You can delay or prevent the need for long-term care by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and remaining independent, says the National Institute on Aging. Speak with your doctor about your medical history and family history as well as your current lifestyle, such as nutrition and fitness.
Make a commitment to eating healthy, getting regular physical activity, refraining from smoking, and limiting your intake of alcohol. Lead an active social life, make sure your home is a safe place, and get regular health care.
It’s no secret that long-term care is expensive. How you will pay for long-term care will depend greatly on your financial situation and the kinds of services you will need. Consider funding sources such as:
Start educating yourself on what the term “nursing home” means. Today, skilled nursing and rehab centers, as well as assisted living homes in Mesa AZ, have come a long way since the days of your great grandmother. Study all the different long-term care options available to you, from assisted living and home health services to independent living and adult day care.
The one you choose will depend on your anticipated level of assistance. For instance, if you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, consider whether an assisted living home or long-term care facility would be appropriate as the disease progresses, as many of these facilities specialize in memory care.
If your loved one suffers from a mental health issue, make sure the facility you choose has a behavior program with on-site psychiatry and counseling. Case in point: Heritage Lane Behavioral Assisted Living employs a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) to assist in these areas.
Thinking about long-term care is never easy, but it’s necessary in order to avoid surprises later.
To learn more about our assisted living homes in Mesa AZ or to take a tour, please contact us at 480-999-0511.