When should a nursing home option be considered?

Many Georgia residents are adult children to aging parents and are doing their best to help their loved ones navigate their elder years. Certain issues may necessitate a temporary or permanent stay in a nursing home. Determining whether this option is most viable in a particular situation can be challenging, not to mention emotionally-charged.  

There are several factors to take into consideration when trying to determine if a parent should reside in a nursing facility. No two situations are exactly the same, however, so it's critical to assess an individual situation by its own merits rather than try to make a decision based on general information. It's not uncommon for those considering nursing homes to encounter legal challenges in the process.  

It's always a good idea to know where to seek support in this way, if necessary. How well a person can function within a normal course of daily activity helps determine whether a nursing home is warranted. If a person is immobile or unable to function independently, assistance is definitely needed; however, some people are able to use at-home care in such situations.  

Other signs that a nursing facility may be the best option to serve a particular person's needs include inability to secure adequate at-home care, as well as individual inability to keep track of medication, eat properly or perform personal hygiene habits. Any sign of mental delusion, such as paranoia or dementia are other major signs that moving to a nursing home may be a good choice. An experienced Georgia elder law attorney can provide guidance regarding any legal issues that arise when considering relocation to a nursing home.

Source: caring.com, "8 Signs it's Time to Consider a Skilled Nursing Facility", Madeline Vann, March 20, 2018

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