Do you have an elderly loved one you don’t have the time or resources to care for properly? In the twilight of their lives, seniors deserve to have a decent quality of life and should be provided the care and assistance they need. But sometimes, the situation is such that they are unable to live on their own and you might be too busy with work and family to take good care of your elderly family member. In this case, shifting him/her to an assisted living facility is a great option. However, you cannot just move them to any facility. You have to make sure you select the right one. Here’s how you can go about it:
- Enquire about the nursing and memory care facilities on offer, particularly if the senior has existing medical problems. In their advanced years, the elderly are prone to falling sick and/or getting injured and need the best care. You don’t want to have to move them to a different facility just because the one you select initially doesn’t offer the desired services. Also make sure they offer adequate memory care services.
- Cost is a viable option. You might have to spend thousands of dollars a year to keep a senior loved one in assisted living. This is why you should compare rates and also make sure there are no hidden charges or extra costs that you will have to bear later on. It is also a good idea to ask if the resident can be treated on his/her insurance plan in case they are unable to pay for the care being provided.
- Last, but not the least, the facility should be well equipped. It should not only have clean and well maintained rooms but also the required equipment to provide the necessary medical care. Also make it a point to check the social environment. Isolation and loneliness is a valid concern among seniors and you should make sure the social environment is decent and that your loved one will fit in nicely.
These are just a few of the factors you should consider to ensure you select the right assisted living facility. If you have the slightest doubt, don’t sign the papers. It is best to be cautious than suffer later on.