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What should I know about long term care planning?

Long term care planning should be a concern of every person in Denver. Additionally, you should carefully consider long term care options well before the time comes, whether you are in search of a living situation for yourself or a loved one.

That’s why the Mayo Clinic recommends becoming acquainted with all of your long term care options as soon as possible. The first step is to understand the different types of long term care available to you. For instance, an assisted living facility features a full staff which helps elderly residents with daily tasks (such as eating and bathing). Conversely, a nursing home offers a more comprehensive level of care intended for those beset by illness and unable to properly see to their own needs. There are also senior living communities, and facilities that combine many different tiers of care.

In order to choose the best option for you or a loved one, you’ll need to ask some pointed questions. First and foremost, how much will you be able to save to cover the costs of long term care? You should carefully research each option to determine things like monthly fees and any extra costs that may crop up. You’ll also want to consider how much care is needed. While this can be difficult to determine for yourself, if you are in search of care for a loved one be open and honest about his or her ability to secure the best option.

Lastly, you’ll want to carefully consider the condition within any potentials facilities. Is the staff expedient and friendly? Is the location clean? Do the residents seem happy with their care? You can even check with the Better Business Bureau to determine if the facility in question has any complaints on record.

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