Senior Planning recognizes the unique challenges that come with finding long term care for younger people who are severely disabled. Since most long term care communities in Arizona tend to house primarily geriatric residents, it can be challenging to find a community that makes a younger person feel like they have found the place for them. We understand this unique challenge and hope to offer some helpful advice to people who are searching for care.
The first thing you might want to consider when looking for long term care for a younger person is the level of comfort and integration that your loved one will experience at their new home. You may want to think about looking at residential care homes rather than apartment-style assisted living facilities. The reason we recommend this is because assisted living facilities are large and function with a large number of clients in order to stay full. However, residential care homes have fewer residents (less than 10) so caregivers are more free to provide specific care to any subset of clients. Several residential care homes in Arizona provide care for younger people who need twenty-four hour care. Residential care facilities also provide specialized care, in terms of language and cultural background, so anyone who is looking for a specific “look and feel” type of community might want to consider these. If you want to find assisted living for younger people in Phoenix, residential care is surely your best option.
For those living in their own home who are on long term disability, in-home care may also be an option. It is important to remember that home care can help make your house livable, but it may not be the best option for young people who have persistent medical needs. Residential care in an assisted living facility can help break the cycle that many disabled people experience–frequent hospital stays, followed by rehabilitation, followed by a return home only to be shortly hospitalized again. For persons who live at home in this situation, adding medical care on a day-to-day basis can help stabilize their health, leading to fewer and less frequent acute problems. This is true for younger people with disabilities as much as it is true for the elderly.
If you need help finding long term care for a younger disabled person, Senior Planning is, despite the implication of our agencies name, delighted to assist you with any questions you might have or any resources that you might need.
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