Your Adviser And Guide In Nursing Home Planning

When is it time to move from a house to a nursing home/assisted living facility in Cumming, Alpharetta or another north Georgia community? Usually when a person needs assistance in three or more areas for independent living, it is something to seriously consider. A person needing help remembering to take his or her medications but able to perform all other tasks could probably be fine with a home health care worker. This can be an excellent fit if the needs are minor and the caregiver competent and honest. But when the need moves beyond pill reminders and meal delivery, it might be time to consider moving to a good nursing facility.

Times Have Changed

Today's facilities are much different from those in the past. The old institutions have been replaced by vibrant, active communities that focus not only on longevity but also on quality of life by offering varying levels of care:

  • Assisted living: For those who are able to take care of themselves except for a few needs such as help getting dressed or meals prepared for them.
  • Skilled nursing: When health care needs move beyond the basics, but the resident is not necessarily bedridden.
  • Alzheimer's: Dementia/Alzheimer's patients can require specialized care. Some units are "lockdown units," meaning doors are secure to keep residents who might wander off in a safe environment.
  • Nursing home: Equipped mainly for the elderly, nursing homes also house younger residents who have been in accidents, suffered strokes or other specialized nursing need.

Working With You During Long-Term Care Planning

Choosing the right nursing home/assisted living facility can be intimidating, but you can trust the Teiger Law Center, P.C., to protect your interests. On the other hand, if you feel your children are trying to push you into something you don't want, please call us right away to discuss your rights. If warranted, we can help you maintain your independence in a variety of ways, from testing for skills to arranging for alternative care. We also work to protect you against theft and health care fraud.

Call today for a consultation to discuss the various ways we can help with legal and financial decisions concerning long-term care planning, guardianship litigation, and other elder law concerns. We can be reached at 678-374-7645 or 800-780-2275.