When Does One Need Long-Term Care?

As we get older everyday daily tasks that were easy during our youth can become increasingly difficult. Taking care of ourselves and tending to our activities of daily living (ADLs) can become a challenge. Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and toileting may be required as we may become less independent with age. Long-term care provides the ability to live safely using support services when one is unable to care for themselves on their own.

In most cases, long-term care is needed after a serious health condition like a heart attack or stroke. In other cases, a caregiver may need to help a patient recover from an operation or accident. As a person ages, they may experience issues with movement or suffer from a chronic illness. Long-term care spans a wide range of services for both health-related and non-health-related issues and can be performed in a variety of settings including one’s home or within a specialized facility.

Who Benefits from Long-Term Care?

Every individual’s needs are different. When it comes to long-term care there are certain factors that influence the likelihood of needing assistance. They include:

  • Age: Older adults need more assistance with ADLs
  • Gender: Women are more likely to need care because of a longer lifespan
  • Health History: Chronic health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure usually run in families. Individuals with a genetic disposition are more vulnerable.
  • Lifestyle: Lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, and other bad habits increase the likelihood of needing long-term care.
  • Living Alone: Someone without family members or friends nearby may require long-term care.

The Right Long-Term Care Setting Just for You

Richmond Health Care Center offers specialized services to enhance the daily life of residents with specialized needs. Every resident receives customized care tailored just for them. Our warm, personalized approach is designed to offer unique care while respecting personal preferences. Whether its skilled nursing, long or short-term care, or rehabilitation, each program addresses the specific goals of each resident. It’s important to learn about the different options available so that you can choose the best one for your loved one.

Specialized Skilled Nursing

Every resident is a part of the Richmond Health Care Center family. You may rest assured that your loved one will receive daily care with healing and compassion in mind. We offer both long-term care and post-surgery nursing care.

Outpatient Care

Outpatient care is one of the comprehensive care options offered at Richmond Health Care Center. For residents with heart disease, COPD, diabetes, and more, an expert nursing staff is available to help reduce hospitalizations. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your loved one is enjoying an excellent quality of life.

Memory Care

Diseases that affect memory can be a challenge. At Richmond Health Care Center we work with our residents to help them maintain a sense of purpose while maintaining their identity. We provide activities for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients that help improve retention and improve the independence of each resident.

Respite Care

Sometimes you may need a break when taking care of your loved one. Richmond Health Care Center provides the respite you need by providing planned or emergency care for individuals in need. Respite care includes helping with day-to-day activities and basic needs.

Hospice Care

At Richmond Health Care Center our goal is to provide your loved one with the best quality of life during their remaining days. Our goal is to provide the highest level of compassionate care each day so that you can enjoy every moment with your loved one, and that their last days are as full as possible.


Richmond Health Care Center employs an interdisciplinary team of physicians, skilled nurses, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Each care plan aims to achieve optimal recovery from injury, illness, or surgery.

The Garden at Richmond

The Garden at Richmond is a secured, women’s only neighborhood that provides the highest quality memory care for your loved one. The Garden at Richmond will provide you with peace of mind. Due to our familiarity with Alzheimer’s disease and similar conditions like Parkinson’s disease, Lewy bodies, and vascular dementia, we can best understand their effects.

Residents can take advantage of The Garden’s dining room, activities area, and secure courtyard where they can experience mother nature in a comfortable, welcoming, and calming atmosphere. The neighborhood requires keypad entry and exit to protect our residents from unsafe wandering. There are a variety of activities that create a positive and stimulating environment, specifically designed for women with memory challenges. We also offer music and pet therapy as positive emotional experiences for our residents. Residents are offered special arts and crafts projects to provide a sense of accomplishment after completing them. Birthdays and holidays are celebrated just like you would at home! We welcome and encourage family members to participate in activities with their loved ones at The Garden at Richmond.

The Garden at Richmond’s activity director plans events and activities daily, with the newest being a weekly Christian Communion. Women residents can also look forward to in-house spa days with nail care and hair care. We are here to provide them with every possible facility without having to leave the neighborhood.

Planning for Long-Term Care

Preparing ahead for long-term care can be a lifesaver. We never know when our loved one might need it. Having a plan before accidents, illnesses or injuries happen is a wise course of action. With time to explore your options, you can learn which services are available in your community and understand their cost. If you have a loved one with a cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, planning for long-term care should begin as early as possible.

Long-Term Care Financing Options

Billions of dollars are spent every year in the United States on long-term care. The high cost can be intimidating but there are options depending on your financial situation. Examples to consider include:

  • Selling your home
  • Reverse mortgages
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Assets and personal savings funds
  • Income from stocks
  • Government-funded health insurance programs like Medicaid
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Services through the Older Americans Act

Have Questions About Long-Term Care?

If you feel your loved one would benefit from our long-term care services, schedule a tour with us today!

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