Did you know that 25% of adults ages 65 to 69 take at least 5 prescriptions, and by the age of 65, a person has seen about 29 doctors?

Care for older adults can be more complex than other facets of healthcare for many reasons. Coordinating care between numerous doctors and specialists is difficult, and frequently does not happen at all. Often the treatment for one condition can negatively impact the care for another condition. Frequent transitions of care between home, hospitals, and long term care facilities only complicate the situation.

Making health care decisions about an older adult family member can be an emotional and difficult experience. Fortunately, having someone outside of the family to assist and provide decision support is invaluable. If you or someone you know is managing the long term care needs of an older individual, here are 10 matters to consider:

  1. Determine and continually reevaluate which care setting is the most appropriate, including options such as assisted living and nursing homes.
  2. Locate a top geriatrician and organize the rest of the care team according to one’s unique health needs.
  3. Understand health insurance coverage options and maximize benefits for both Medicare and private insurance.
  4. Ensure all aspects of financial planning have been discussed, from paying for long term care to estate planning.  
  5. Align family members with the care team to improve coordination of care.
  6. Consider mental health, socialization and activities.
  7. Manage wellness concerns, including nutrition, diet and sleep.
  8. Create a plan for both emergency and urgent care needs.
  9. Use technology when possible to simplify planning and communication.
  10. Keep in mind the needs of the caregiver.

Whether you need support choosing a nursing home, setting up home care, or selecting the best insurance plan, Better Health Advisors can help.

Before starting Better Health Advisors, John Samuels spent nearly a decade running nursing homes. As a licensed nursing home administrator, John developed numerous innovative programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s living in nursing homes. By developing environments and activities tailored to the unique needs of individuals and implementing best care practices, John helped improve the lives of countless individuals.