Discussing end-of-life care for a loved one is often difficult, especially when multiple family members insist on giving their input. However, if you have power of attorney for your loved one and carry the responsibility of making medical decisions on their behalf, the ultimate choice may fall upon you.
Healthline reports that individual circumstances usually play a large role in the choice you make; however, reviewing the available options and matching them to the needs of your loved one may help you make the best choice possible for his or her quality of life.
Assisted living services
The type of medical care your loved one requires can help you decide whether a nursing home or an assisted living facility can best see to his or her care. Assisted living facilities provide several different levels of possible care, including:
- Help with bathing/dressing
- Meal preparation
- Emergency medical assistance
As a resident, your loved one will live in his or her own space, usually consisting of a small apartment, while having access to these services.
If your loved one requires consistent care and cannot eat, bathe or dress without assistance, then a nursing home may meet these and other needs at any time of day. A variety of those with different ailments, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia may benefit from the kind of services a nursing home typically provides. Your loved one’s physician could help you decide if consistent care may improve his or her quality of life.
If cost affects your choice, keep in mind that Medicaid or Medicare may cover some of the expenses, especially if you choose nursing home care. You may want to contact your local office to discuss available options.