Just like your parents want the best for you, you’ve always wanted the best for your parents. Long-term care providers know this and want to do their best to convince you that their nursing home is the best of the best. But how can you really know?

It’s actually a little more straightforward than you think. You want to know all the available activities at the nursing home and gauge how much your parent would be able to take part in them. Would their participation rely on a staff member helping them? Is the facility well-staffed?

The National Institute of Aging says isolation can lead to depression and isn’t good for a person’s health. While the recent pandemic has made it difficult for family members to visit their loved ones, make sure to pick a long-term care provider that is ready to address these isolation concerns. Are patients allowed to do activities together? Are they encouraged to do so? What kind of activities are available in the nursing home and do they suit your parents?

Participating in hobbies or having other social pursuits might help lower their risk for developing certain health problems, such as dementia. Creative arts can also help improve older adults’ memory, comprehension, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.

For AFEUSA members, it’s even easier to find the right care for aging loved ones. Members have access to TWO benefits relating to senior care, as we’re partnered with both Griswold Care and Long-Term Care Resources! Griswold Care will give members a 100% free Peace of Mind call, where they will give advice and resources on the best ways to help your aging loved one at home and how to help them with any special needs. Long-Term Care Resources works with multiple top name carriers to offer special, lowered premiums for AFEUSA members looking for a long-term care insurance plan. Check them out today!

Article by
Wayne Goshkarian,
Director of Communications

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