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Care Planning – The Next Steps

Taking the first steps on the road to an appropriate long term care plan

In many cases of diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia or associated conditions which require long term care, families and care givers are largely left to plan all the arrangements themselves.

 

This can be a highly stressful and emotional process, not only because it typically involves a loved one who is very dear to their hearts, but also because they will not have had to do this for anyone before.

Most people are completely in the dark about what they need to do, so progress is naturally slow and often does not produce the positive care outcomes and provisions they need.

“Eldermera can give you the solutions you need for long term care, organising all the healthcare support, living accommodation, legal and financial arrangements under a single point of contact for you.”

So what steps do you need to take in terms of long term care planning?

Alzheimer’s and most types of dementia are not curable, and the remaining lifespan for someone who has been diagnosed can range from a few years to up to 20 years depending on their condition and age. There is a lot for you to think about, both for now and for the future, not least what medication, treatment and support will be required from the NHS.

There are various medical treatments available designed to make dementia symptoms more manageable. For example, there are medications for memory loss, sleep disturbance, depression and the prevention of damage to blood vessels in the brain, as well as specific drugs to treat or minimise adverse changes in behaviour. 

It will be vital to work closely with NHS primary care services to ensure that the correct medication is prescribed and that there is consistency of care from both your GP and allied healthcare professionals.

 

Ensuring you have the correct legal considerations taken in to account as soon as possible once a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis has been made, will minimise delays in the future.

In legal terms, if a Lasting Power of Attorney is not in place, that can cause delays with the courts as decisions have to be ratified on who takes charge of the patient’s affairs and care. Which solicitor should you choose to take care of the legal aspects?

You may have decided that assisted living facilities or a care home is the best possible place for you or a family member to be looked after, but sometimes that means moving a number of times before finding the right establishment with skilled staff, experience and strength of resources. That will cause undue stress to the patient, as well as adding to the significant emotional burden you are already carrying. So how do you find out which care home is the most appropriate and get your care decisions right first time?

On the financial side, you may not be aware if there is eligibility for NHS continuing care support or if care provision will have to be paid for from your own estate or assets. Who can be talking to the NHS or your local authority to act as a care advocate on your behalf and secure the care services to which you are legally entitled?

You are not alone in all this and we can help guide you through the entire process to ensure that you get the dementia care provision you need.

 

Why not schedule a free consultation today?