Do You Really Need a Long Term Care?

What is Long Term Care?

Long term care involves a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal needs during a short or long period of time. These services help people live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own.

Most Long Term Care is Provided at Home

Long term care is provided in different places by different caregivers, depending on a person’s needs. Most care is provided at home by unpaid family members and friends. It can also be given in a facility such as an assisted living facility, nursing home or in the community, for example, in an adult day care center.

The most common type of care is personal care help with everyday activities, also called “Activities of Daily Living.” These activities include Bathing, Dressing, Grooming, Toileting, Meal Planning & Preparation, and moving around, for example, getting out of bed and into a chair. These are services provided by in-home personal care agencies.

Ongoing assistance also includes community services such as meals, adult day care, and transportation services. These services may be provided free or for a fee.

Health Drives the Need for Care

People often need ongoing assistance when they have a serious, ongoing health condition or disability. The need for this care can arise suddenly, such as after a heart attack or stroke. Most often, however, it develops gradually, as people get older and frailer or as an illness or disability gets worse.

How Long Does Care Last?

Long term care can last a short time or a long time. Short term care lasts several weeks or a few months while someone is recovering from a sudden illness or injury. For example, a person may get short term rehabilitation therapy at a nursing facility after hip surgery, then go home.

Long term care can be ongoing, as with someone who is severely disabled from a stroke or who has Alzheimer’s disease. Many people can remain at home if they have help from family and friends or an in-home personal care agency. But some people move permanently to a nursing home or assisted living facility if their needs can no longer be met at home.

About 70 percent of people over age 65 need some type of long term care during their lifetime. More than 40 percent need care in a nursing home for some period of time.

Who Will Need Long Term Care?

It is difficult to predict how much or what type of long term care a person might need. Several things increase the risk of needing care for an extended time.

  • Age – The risk generally increases as people get older.
  • Gender – Women are at higher risk than men, primarily because they often live longer.
  • Marital status – Single people are more likely than married people to need care from a paid provider.
  • Lifestyle – Poor diet and exercise habits can increase a person’s risk.
  • Health and family history – These factors also affect risk.

You Need To Know These – Diarrhea Can Induce Paralysis or Cause Death

Arlenroy had acute diarrhea. The problem was that he was in a public place when he had to use a toilet.

This is how it went…

“I ran into 7-11 because I couldn’t hold on much longer. The feeling of unleashing that toxic foam was incredibly relieving, but I had pinched a nerve in my lower back when I sat down so fast (I have a moderate disc hernia).

This hurried diarrhea squat rendered me paralyzed from the waist down. I couldn’t relieve the pressure on my nerve that caused the paralysis because that requires standing up, and I couldn’t stand up because I was paralyzed. The EMTs came to lift my naked ass of the toilet and I regained feeling in my body.”

Diarrhea is bad for Seniors:

Two weeks ago I helped myself to an avocado smoothie that’s been in my ref for three days. It was already a bit rancid but, being an avocado junkie, I took it just the same.

As soon I downed everything, I felt my stomach groan in protest and immediately knew that I will be visiting the toilet more often than I want to.

For wanting to stretch my food to their shelf-life limits, I paid a very high price – diarrhea – something I, or any person my age can hardly afford to have.

Why? Because diarrhea can cause dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, vitamin and mineral deficiencies which, if untreated, can lead to weakness, or even death, according to Anil Minocha, M.D. in his book, “The Encyclopedia of the Digestive System and Digestive Disorders.”

And seniors are particularly susceptible because of the deterioration of their digestive and immune systems due to aging. They can easily get it from viral infection, lactose intolerance, contaminated water, too much beer, anxiety, and side-effects of some drugs they are taking for other medical issues.

In case your loose bowel movement episode is similar to that of Alrenroy’s, you can easily deal with it at home using these steps to help you avoid serious complications:

1. Stay home, don’t go out:

Diarrhea can sap your energy and can be embarrassing if you had to rush to the toilet each time you need to discharge.

So stay home and near your toilet. With your wobbly legs, poor balance, and poor eyesight, you can experience a fall while if you have to cover some distance to relieve yourself, especially at night.

2. Hydrate yourself:

Drink lots of water after each discharge to make up for fluid loss.

Take electrolytic drinks, like Gatorade, to replenish the loss of your body’s electrolyte through frequent discharge.

Dehydration is one of the main causes for seniors to end up in hospital emergency rooms.

3. Eat the right kinds of foods:

Eat lots of fruits like bananas, or white rice, applesauce, and white bread.

In between, eat baked potatoes, plain crackers, pretzels, baked chicken (without the skin and fat).

Avoid fatty foods like milk, butter, ice cream, cheese, alcohol, caffeinated drinks, artificial sweeteners, and foods that can produce excess gas like cabbage, beans, broccoli, and cauliflower.

Stick to a soft diet, avoiding oily foods.

4. Take some medicines:

Most doctors would suggest that you just ride out your diarrhea. Instead of taking medicines, they suggest you take electrolytic drinks, like Gatorade.

But for faster relief, take Diatabs or Lomotil. They work every time. But they induce constipation, too.

When we were kids, my Grandma’s favorite was the horrible-tasting Kaopectate. Makes you wish you didn’t have diarrhea at all.

5. Get plenty of rest:

Acute diarrhea can make you weak. Lose your appetite. It makes you want to jus to lie down and do nothing. And you should conserve energy.

Last year I had an episode of acute diarrhea. It woke me up early morning and lasted until late afternoon. During that span of time, every hour on the hour, I had to go to the toilet to discharge nothing but fetid water.

It was so bad and so frequent, my anus started hurting from kissing all those toilet papers.

Twelve hours later, my daughter, who is a doctor, decided to intravenously feed with me saline solution to prevent dehydration.

That stopped my ordeal.

What about you? When was the last time you had a case of acute diarrhea? I hope you did not have to rush to a 7-11 – not to buy but use their toilet.

I am a blogger and a freelance writer. My blog covers issues concerning the elderly, which is very relevant because the world is getting “old.”

I also write about happiness, motivation, career development, leadership, and management, which I learned through my long years in the corporate world.