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Entrusting the care of an aging parent or loved one to someone you don’t know isn’t an easy decision. If you’ve found yourself reading this particular article, you have likely faced or are facing the choice now on behalf of a loved one. It’s common for family members to pour over the decision for weeks, months, and even years.

That’s why USA Healthcare exists.

We help families by providing comfort and care to your loved ones and peace of mind to you.

How do we do it?

We build a team that can help make life easier for your loved one. Not only do we have a solid reputation of providing quality care to families all over Alabama, but we also have the experience to help you address some common concerns and questions when it comes to placing a loved one in long-term care. We want to be a resource for you.

Common questions and concerns

Here are some frequently asked questions about the early stages of seeking long-term care for a loved one:

Question 1: Would it be better for family members to care for a loved one?

Often, deciding what is best for a loved one is the most challenging decision families face. That’s because the decision isn’t merely about your loved one; it’s also about your bandwidth and personal limitations to providing quality care at home. Adult children of aging parents find themselves in a dilemma, suffering guilt or anxiety about their ability to care for their parents. Other family members may feel a sense of obligation to care for a loved one. Either way, it’s an emotional time for your family.

In many cases, good intentions of family members can quickly lead to the realization that there are additional challenges to caring for a loved one at home. At USA Healthcare, we have countless conversations with families in your position and can help guide you through this difficult decision-making. When searching for resources that can help you make the right choice for your family, we invite you to learn more about how we can help.

Question 2: How do I know what type of care my loved one needs?

We understand that this is a time of significant transition in your families’ lives, and we want you to know that you have options. By meeting with potential residents and their families, USA Healthcare offers planned care based on an individual level. Our ultimate goal is to achieve the desired quality of life for your loved one. Based on what that looks like for each resident, we will work with you to determine which type of therapy would be best.

Whether it’s a specific type of therapy, such as physical or occupational therapy, or ongoing care at any one of our Health & Rehab centers, we can help you formulate a plan that will preserve the dignity and independence of your loved one. Our Medicare/Medicaid Certified facilities can provide both short-term rehabilitative care or long-term care and tries to ensure that your loved one thrives both mentally and physically.

Question 3: When is it time to consider long-term care for my loved one? 

This is one of the most challenging questions to address because the answer is often based on the individual. There are many reasons why a resident will come into care at one of our facilities. Commonly, residents come into our care as a result of a physical limitation or accident. If a loved one has been in a hospital recently, we’re often called upon to help discuss future options with family members on site.

We engage our residents and caregivers by being in the moment with your family. This understanding allows us to step in and help you determine the best outcome for your loved one. Many factors often go into making this decision, including:

  • Overall organization and accessibility at home
  • Memory problems or challenges
  • Communications issues

Together, we can explore what life would look like for your loved one. At USA Healthcare, we can help you envision possibilities where limits may exist today.

At USA Healthcare, your family becomes our family.

If any of these concerns sound familiar, or if you’ve asked these questions recently, we would love to talk with you. The most important relationships we have are with our residents and their families. We want to listen to you and help provide solutions that will lead to desired outcomes.

USA Healthcare, located in Cullman, Alabama, offers planned nursing care based on each of their residents’ individual needs and abilities. Our goal is for each of our residents to achieve an optimal quality of life. Contact us today for more information or to set up an appointment with someone on our team.