Coming to terms with the fact that your loved one is in need of assistance with day-to-day needs can be a process for your entire family. Often, your decision is not one that will be made independently, but with the input of other family members and of course, the person who will be benefiting from long-term care assistance in Alabama. The pressure of making a decision that will be the most appropriate and advantageous for the family member in question may seem overwhelming at first, but with the right approach, you may feel more confident about the outcome.

One of the first things to consider is the reason why your aging family member is in need of long-term care in the first place. Answering some basic questions may enable you to select a care option that is the right fit for your family member’s needs. These questions include the following:

  • Does your family member still have the mental capacity to make responsible decisions?
  • What types of daily responsibilities does your loved one require help with?
  • Is your family member empowered and still capable of participating in self-care to some extent?
  • What are the desires of your loved one and has he or she shared any input about a preferred care option?

According to the National Institute on Aging, some of the options you may compare in making your decision include nursing homes, board homes, assisted living facilities and retirement communities that offer continuing care. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.