1.) Know your needs – Have a clear understanding of your care needs. Make sure that any suspected medical conditions such as Alzheimer's disease are diagnosed.
2.) Make a budget – Know how much money you or your loved one have to spend, then stick too it. Too many families choose unsustainable options and create a financial hardship for themselves.
3.) Look honestly at family resources – Many families will put off finding care for their loved one, saying “we can take care of it ourselves.” Caring for an elderly parent can be a full time job – one that requires follow through and constant commitment. Don't be unrealistic.
4.) Qualify for additional aid – You may be eligible for ALTCS or VA benefits. Make sure to check.
5.) Investigate care providers – Make visits to communities and/or meet with agencies. Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions.