You must consider many factors and avoid these common errors in assisted living:
1. Rushing to make a decision
Your family may be stressed out and anxious about the decision to move your loved ones into assisted living homes. It is possible that you don’t have the energy or time to handle the situation alone. Don’t rush to make a decision. You should thoroughly research all options, including the proximity, amenities, activities, dietary choices, caregiver to resident ratio, and quality of care facilities. You will have to deal with other issues and challenges if your parent is unhappy with the facility. Your decision now will have profound positive consequences. Just breathe. there are thousands of families right here. You can take your time to make the right decisions.
2. Make proximity your only criterion
This is an emotional time, and you’ll naturally think, “how far is it from my driveway to theirs?” Although it is essential to be close, many other things are more important. There are many ways to view a commute. Don’t rush to make a decision based on how packed the house is to Texas. It would help if you also considered the distance from the home to your workplace, children’s school, or other activities. Are there any ice cream shops your children love that you can always visit? This will make grandma’s visits more meaningful and provide a simple joy in your life. You could move an activity like mini-golf or hiking for the family to a location closer to your mom’s home. This “commute thing,” if you look at it carefully, is also an opportunity to start new traditions with the family. While you should pay attention to driving ability, it is more flexible than you might think.
3. Not doing your due diligence
You can find places online. The best places to visit are the most popular. Check the background of those who are running the business. These are questions you should ask: How many years have they been in business? What are their qualifications? What number of people are they responsible for? What are their carers? Are they certified and trained? Are they nurses? Are they able to enlist a few others to help with the heavy lifting? Are there any good reviews on the internet? What menu options do mom and dad prefer? Check out what others are saying about the facility via social media and websites like Yelp. It is encouraging to learn that of the 1.5 million caregiving and nursing employees, more than 21% work in assisted living facilities. Talk to the residents or their families if possible. Ask them about their experiences and opinions. Visit as many assisted living facilities as you can. You should check the upkeep of the residents and whether they seem happy and well taken care of.
4. Paying too much attention to details
Pay attention to the fine print. A lawyer can help you understand any terms that are not clear. What are the items included and excluded from the price you pay? These include medications, food, toiletries, and laundry. Do you have to renew your contract each year, or is there an increase in the cost of goods and services year over year? What protocol should you follow in a medical emergency? What happens if an older adult becomes more dependent or infirm? Does the facility have the right equipment to deal with this?
5. You should not involve mom and dad
It is not you who will have to move to a new place and adjust to a new lifestyle with new people. Don’t make a unilateral decision and forget to consider the wishes and concerns of your parent or another elderly relative. It is essential to take into account the desires of your parent. After you have completed your inspection, bring them along for visits. Introduce them to people you have already spoken to and whom you think they might like to be friends with. Do you remember when your parents took you to college orientation with them? You remember how far out of your element and how exciting and terrifying it was to walk around campus. Now it’s your turn to guide them step-by-step through this decision.
6. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Don’t delay in making this decision. Although you may not be comfortable with the idea of putting your loved one in care, it is essential to be realistic. It is a good idea to relocate your loved ones to a safer place. Make the decision now, before you risk a fall or other tragic circumstances that could have been prevented. It is important not to rush to make a decision. However, it is equally important not to wait until it is too late. To schedule a visit, call our trusted staff at a convenient time for you and your parents.