Desired Conditions of Long-Term Care

In a recent survey about long-term care, readers were asked how likely they think they will need help as they age. They were asked additional questions about what they would want for care and how they would find information about long-term care options. The survey responses follow. When considering the most important characteristics when choosing a facility for themselves, “consistent, caring staff and privacy” were at the top of the list. Transportation, meal choices and the opportunity of customizing the  room or apartment rounded out the top five things regarded as “very important” by respondents. The ability to keep a pet was cited as very important by many people. Additional dreams, desires and fears held when regarding a person’s future long-term care include the following:

For long-term care:

  • Transportation – to go when and where I want to go, especially for medical appointments, concerts and the theater
  • Facility needs to be very clean and smell good
  • LGBT accepting and embracing
  • Freedom to do what I want when I want
  • A modern approach to decoration and layout
  • Flexibility to get as much, or as little, assistance as I want or need
  • A vegetarian diet option, good organic food, ethnic food
  • A “homelike” setting such as the Green House Project
  • Residents of all ages, from babies to great-great grandparents

On affordability and other concerns:

  • Moderately priced facilities
  • Concerns: expenses, security, abuse, lack of patient rights
  • Concerned at level of vetting and training of employees
  • Possibility of an advocate
  • Concern over cuts in Social Security and/or Medicare
  • Concern over lack of funds to pay for elder care

On getting information about long-term care: Use a local placement and referral service who will give personalized service for your particular needs and desires. Don’t use a large national company who is not familiar with your geographic area and has often not even visited the communities they recommend. Unbiased information is hard to find! By Emily Gurnon, Sr. Content Editor of Health and Caregiving, www.nextavenue.org