There are many medical conditions that seniors suffer from. Multiple medical conditions can make it difficult to care for yourself. Family members will often volunteer some of their time, but it may not be enough. After diagnosis of a medical condition, whether it is various pulmonary disorders or following an intensive surgery, it is time to begin discharge planning. You will have to consider your care options and what type of situation is best for you, as well as your specific medical conditions.
Consider the amount of medical care needed
Medical care can be difficult to administer at a home setting, at least without qualified medical professionals. Post operative medical care may be extensive, but not as long term as other types of medical conditions. Various pulmonary disorders, however, often require advanced medical care. Depending on the amount of medical care that is needed and the length of time that it is needed, a nursing home may be an ideal option. Put some time into this decision, as it is not an easy one. Whether you and your family are facing a quick decision about a nursing home due to a recent event, or have been coping with a worsening progressive disease such as Alzheimer?s or Parkinson?s, considering a nursing home is not an easy decision.
However, another option for minimal to intermediate amounts of medical care is in home skilled nursing care. Although this is generally a more expensive option, it does allow you to stay in the comfort of your own home. You might have around the clock medical care for your various pulmonary disorders or you might have someone come at a scheduled time each day. They might provide medical care, assistance with daily activities, or forms of physical therapy. Depending on the health problem, a physical therapist will help the patient with flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and balance. Physical therapy is common for those post surgery.
Consider your living preferences
Your residential living preferences will also factor into your nursing home decision. While you can hold onto your independence and privacy with in home care, this is not always the best decision. If it is unsafe or unpractical for you to remain at home, a nursing home might be a better option. If you have various pulmonary disorders along with other medical conditions, it could actually be safer to move into a nursing home setting. However, moving into a nursing home does not necessarily mean that you have to give up your independence. There are many different types of nursing homes.
Some nursing homes are more like a community, with kitchens and communal areas for residents to enjoy. Some feel entirely like apartment complexes. You can have your own space, while sharing a community kitchen and rec room. The difference between the apartment complex and the nursing home community, however, is the increase in both safety and security. There are usually 24 hour medical staff and emergency staff available.
Cost of living arrangements
Sometimes, in home nursing care is more expensive. Other time, the cost of nursing home care is more expensive. It really depends on your situation and type of home care or nursing home that you choose. Depending on your insurance provider, some of this care might be covered. It is important to consult with your insurance provider on the type of in home care or nursing homes that are covered, to prevent any surprises financially.
Many seniors are forced with making the decision of assistive care. Medical conditions, including various pulmonary disorders, dementia diseases, and post surgical conditions often require additional assistance. The two most common options are in home medical care or a nursing home setting. This is a very big decision that should include a lot of thought, research, and consideration. You will want to consider your budget, insurance, privacy and independence needs, and the amount of medical care you require.