How to find the best assisted living facility for your loved one
It can be tough to think about putting your parent in an assisted living facility. With so many options of assisted living facilities it can be difficult to know whether you’re making the right choice for your parent or not. How will they be treated? Will they get everything they need? Who will be taking care of them? What will their day look like? These are some of the questions that might be going through your mind, which can make the process scary. You want to make sure your parent is getting the best care possible and be able to live a comfortable life.
Don’t worry, here’s a list of things to take into consideration when you’re looking for an assisted living facility.
1. Firstly, talk to your parents about the situation and the decision to move them into an assisted living facility. It’s important to have open communication on the topic so that both parties feel like they are actively involved and making the right decision.
2. Make a list of things that are important to you and your loved one. For example, the facilities you need the assisted living facility to have, the location and how close or far they will be from you, any specialization in terms of care that are required (if your parent has dementia, might need a different facility compared to one that does not), the services your parent would need.
3. Make sure to outline your budget and what you can afford.
4. Once you’ve made a short list of facilities it’s very important to physically go to the locations and check out what it’s like in real life instead of just looking at photos or the website. You can figure out how long it’ll take you to get there, check out the services, meet the staff. At this time you can also ask questions about the facility and get to know what an average day would look like for your parent if they moved there. Get different family members opinions on the facilities too.
5. Once you’ve decided on the place. It’s time to sign the contract and move them in. First take the contract home so you have time to read through the contract to ensure that the services and care that have been communicated to you are the same mentioned in the contract as well as any costs. This also gives you time to weigh your options and compare contracts to other facilities.