Family Members and Setting Up Assisted Living
You may come to a time in your family’s life when one of them needs to have constant care and can’t live by themselves anymore. The most important decision you’ll need to make at this point is the living facility where they will stay because the staff needs to be attentive and make sure the patients are safe, as well as to live in a relaxed environment where they have choices. Of course, cost is an issue too, so you may want to get help from a consultant regarding the best choices that fit within your price range.
For those family members, it’s important to find out what matters the most to them and how you can locate an appropriate placement. If you like to visit them often, then you may want to consider location as one of the most important aspects. Depending on the number of miles you’d like to consider and how many highly rated places reside there, this can help you choose one or the other.
Check to see how involved the staff members like the family to be, so you can check on your loved ones without feeling like you’re in the way. Asking questions and helping to make decisions is something that family members should feel free to do and the facilities should encourage it.
Since patients need to be able to go outside, find out how often they spend time outside or take day trips. Not only will it lift their spirits, but it also helps them feel more independent.
Medication management and changes should be monitored closely and you should be able to get a status on this at any time, so make sure they have procedures in place for this. Find out what contact measures they have in place and how they plan to use them if they have an emergency situation. In the situations where an evacuation will be needed, you should be made aware of where the patients will be taken, so be sure to ask what the plan is right away.
If you spend the time to learn about the facility and make sure your family member feels comfortable there, you’ll be able to relax with your final decision for their choice of living space. Check in regularly so they know you’re involved and paying attention.
It will be so much easier to go through this process if you take it step by step. You’ll be able to have comfort knowing your loved one is cared for while enjoying a bit of independent space and they will be safe at all times.