The kind of care that you will need will be highly dependent on the condition of your health as well as you capabilities to perform the Activities of Daily Life (ADL) in the future. Evidently though, none of us know what the years ahead may bring.
It is estimated that 70% of 65-year olds will need to be administered long term care. Long term care, typically, is giving assistance to someone who’s having a hard time performing tasks such as bathing, eating or using the toilet due to old age, illness or injury.
How to Determine Possible LTC Needs in the Future
The exact type of care you will need can’t be spelled out in black and white if your health is still at its prime state. On the other hand, it is comforting to know that you can actually assess or estimate what kind of elder care services you might require in the future. Here’s how:
Seek Assistance from Social Services
Social services can provide you an assessment for the types of long term care that can be best suited for you. The plan will be based on what your doctor recommends as well as your health background.
Check your Family’s Health Background
On the other hand, if you’re still far from retirement age and your health is still well, checking your family’s health background is advisable too. Through this, you will know if you’re likely to inherit hereditary conditions. That way, you can prepare for its onset and your probable elderly care requirements.
Factor in your Lifestyle at Present
Another way is to consider your job and lifestyle now. See how it can affect your health not only at present, but also in the long-term. You may seek the advice of a professional to help you with this.
What will take place in the future is unknown to us, but that doesn’t mean that we should not prepare for it. Whether you’ll require home care or stay in a long term care facility is unknown. When it comes to long term care, proper assessment can be beneficial if you want to determine the kind of care you will need.