True or False:
- My loved one is able to safely prepare nutritious meals.
- My loved one eats and drinks well without supervision.
- My loved one is steady on his or her feet.
- My loved one is able to get in and out of the shower or tub safely.
- My loved one keeps himself or herself clean.
- My loved one can get dressed without assistance.
- My loved one can get to the bathroom as necessary.
- My loved one has interests, and friends to keep life interesting.
- My loved one is cautious with the stove, candles, irons, and other sources of heat.
- My loved one is not likely to fall asleep while smoking.
- My loved one does not have to navigate stairs, or, if he or she does, it can be done safely.
- My loved one can call someone if the need arises who can be there within a short time.
- My loved one has access to transportation to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor and dentist appointments, and social occasions.
- I feel at ease during the day and sleep well at night knowing that my loved one is home alone.
The more "true" answers you gave to the questions above, the greater the likelihood that your elderly relative can stay at home. A few "false" responses may mean that regular in-home care is required, and if there are more false than true answers, nursing home care may be an appropriate option.
If you are concerned for your loved one or have other elder law legal concerns, contact an attorney to start the conversation and determine any next steps.