How To Prepare Yourself For Assisted Living
How to Prepare Yourself for Assisted Living
Many seniors will find themselves needing help during the latter years of their lives. Here is a look at what you can do to prepare yourself for that time.
Assisted living can come from a care giver or a family member, and is designed to help someone who can no longer do all the day to day tasks themselves. This may be done at home, or the person may have to be sent to a nursing home or other facility where round the clock care is available.
In some cases, you can plan ahead and make some of the decisions for your care yourself. First, you may have to consider living with a family member or moving into a home.
There are many things you may want to consider first. Does your loved one have a room or space that you will be able to call your own? Are your lifestyles similar enough that one is not going to interfere with the other? Would your children like you staying with them, or are they allowing it more out of obligation? Are they physically able to provide the care you need while still providing for their own families? Are you able to make a contribution to their family life? Do you have the financing to live somewhere other than with them? Once you have answered these questions, you will have a better idea of the best place for you.
If you decide a nursing home or other facility is going to be in your and your family’s best interests, there are several things to consider. Think about how much help you really need, and then get some referrals. Take the time to visit each one, making sure that you like the location, the facility, and the staff. You can take time to visit with some of the residents, find out how they like the place, and see the rooms. Get everything in writing so that you can compare fees and services from one place to another.
Deciding on assisted living for yourself or a loved one should start with a review of their finances. Are you able to afford the cost long term, especially when you can expect the costs to go up as they need more care? Then, consider how the facility treats its residents, and whether or not it will be enough for your loved one.
While planning for yourself may be easy, planning for a loved one is not always as simple. Make sure that everyone is informed on what the facility can and cannot do, and see if they are willing to assist you with finding other facilities if they cannot cover your needs. You may need to put them on a waiting list to get into a home that you know can fulfill all of their needs.
There are several things that you can consider when you are looking for assisted care for a family member. Find out the experience of the staff, and interview residents and family to see how they like the place. Find out how many residents there are for every staff member, and watch how the staff interacts. Look at the facility, making sure that it is clean, serves good food, and offers activities that your loved one would enjoy. Then decide if the services are worth the cost, and whether or not the facility is the best option for your loved one.
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