It’s hard to think about what care we might need if something might cause us to have limited functionality or as we grow older. However, planning ahead and knowing your options is much better than not being prepared in a crisis.
The types and locations of services depend on several factors:
Washington’s Community Living Connections staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.
In Washington State, there are several options for long-term services and supports. Significant help can be provided in one’s home, where most people prefer to receive care.
Deciding the best option for you or your loved one depends on the level of help needed, personal circumstances and personal preferences. The following questions may help you determine the best option.
Answering “yes” to any of these questions may mean the services you need could be provided in your home. For instance, you may only need home care services, personal assistance, a personal emergency response unit, or home-delivered meals. You could also consider and Independent Living facility if your home is not set up for your needs and cannot be modified.
Answering “yes” to any of these questions may mean the services you need could be provided in your home and community. Family, friends or personal care attendants could provide some services like personal care, reminders, meal preparation, grocery shopping assistance, and household chores in your home. You could supplement this with a personal emergency response unit that provides medication reminders, and home-delivered meals. If your home is accessible or modified to be so, it can help you remain in your home longer. These services could also be provided in in a residential setting.
Answering “yes” to most of these questions may mean you could still get the care in your home. There are many services and supports that could be incorporated. However, depending on the level of need and how stable your condition is, you may also want to consider a licensed facility.