Seniors vulnerable to accidents in the home

Seniors vulnerable to accidents in the home

Accidents in the home, time for a safety assessment

During these upcoming holidays we have the opportunity to visit with family and friends we may not have seen in awhile.  If that lists includes seniors, it’s a great time to start a discussion of senior care.  Make sure a visit to their homes includes a safety assessment to find hazards and avoid those painful senior accidents.

Recent surveys have shown over 65 percent of seniors’ homes have potential safety hazards, and almost half of accidents in the home are avoidable. The survey also found that 85 percent of seniors do not take steps to get rid of home hazards as they get older.

Periodic safety inspections is a must to alleviate hazards and senior accidents

Several years ago I was attempting to help a family move their mother out of her home and into the safe protected environment of our senior community. Her daughter brought Carol for a visit and she loved it there, made a couple friends and was looking forward to moving in. The next day I received the call from Carol’s daughter, Mom fell last night at home and won’t be able to move the next weekend as planned.

Several weeks later, Carol’s daughter called me to let me know that Carol was coming home and asked if I could meet the family there the next afternoon. It sounded like Carol was starting to feel better and was thinking about delaying the transition and wanted to stay in her home a bit longer.

Immediately upon arrival, I started to point out items to the family that were accidents waiting to happen. Each electrical extension cord is a trap, the throw rugs must go (hate them), and do we need to even talk about the stairs. Very sincere and nice family, it was decided Carol was moving tomorrow. While saying goodbye to all, I was at the front door and then we all heard a noise and then the scream. Yep, Carol fell again; I hate those throw rugs. Carol broke her hip and never was not able to move in.

Millions of seniors end up in the hospital every year in the U.S. because of falls and other accidents — roughly a third of all hospital visits for people over age 65. Many of these injuries happen at home and could have been prevented with some careful planning.

Common senior accident issues include tripping hazards, like throw rugs, storage that’s out of reach or a lack of grab bars to hold onto in the bathroom. Older people are not as steady on their feet, and could benefit from these small improvements in the home.

If you see a step stool in the house be concerned, very concerned.

But some of the senior accident hazards are a little less obvious. Clutter in general can be a problem for seniors, especially in hallways that make it hard to maneuver around with a walker.  Pets have been know to bring down a senior by accident.

The problem is twofold: seniors are more susceptible to falling as they age, and they are more likely to be injured when they do fall. Many seniors may suffer from impaired vision, muscle atrophy, cognitive impairment, and balance issues, making it harder to maneuver around without falling. Seniors who have diabetes, arthritis or had a stroke are also at increased risk.

The family needs to discuss the current medications being taken – they also play a role! And seniors need to be aware that what they’re taking might make them unsteady on their feet. Multiple medications, specifically combinations of drugs, can cause seniors to experience dizziness and other side-effects that can cause a fall.

Many safety suggestions rely on family members to help make the house a safe place. It just makes it so much easier to get things done when family members are talking about solutions and getting a plan together to prevent senior accidents.

Vista Living Senior Care and our team helps seniors improve the quality of their life by making our purpose built 10 resident Luxury Senior Care Homes in the Phoenix Arcadia area something special.

We urge you to consider Vista Living Senior Care for your family, please schedule a tour, we know we have something special. Let us show you.

For more information please call Vista Living Senior Care at 480-456-1919 or Visit VistaLiving.net.

Medical Care for Senior Citizens

Medical Care for Senior Citizens

I remember being invited to visit with Maria and her visiting son Tony who was in town for their annual check in. He and the family lived back East in New York and were very worried that something could happen at anytime and they would not be able to help Maria.

The family was looking for a safe, protected environment for her; she was not sure. While we looked around her home, we noticed all the usual suspects of safety concerns including extension cords, throw rugs and steps. Maria looked very sedentary for someone in her 80’s but she did love to talk. Tony mentioned how quickly her health turned poorer this last year.

Asked about friends, all gone. Asked about physical activities, none. Asked about diet, frozen and fast food. Asked Tony to check out the fridge, some water and soda, the freezer had some frozen dinners and the rest was full of ice cream, vanilla ice cream Maria’s favorite.

The families next visit to Maria was at her new assisted living home. They could not believe the difference a healthier diet, social interaction and some activities can do. Maria has become more active and is a social butterfly, after all she does love to talk.

Tony and his family were lucky they saw the difference and needs Maria had and were able to do something before things got worse.  With the holidays coming soon, many families will be visiting their senior loved ones for their annual or semi annual visits especially if they live out of the area.  Here are some things to look out for and some great tips.

Anticipate and Respond to Elderly Emergencies

If you have a loved one who is a senior citizen, it’s natural to expect them to require additional medical help as time goes by. The senior population in the United States is living longer, thanks to advances in medical science, and this means that new challenges are facing elder care. Thankfully, keeping your elderly loved one safe and healthy is manageable, when you follow common sense and a few practical tips.

Stay Informed
One of the most important things you can do to help your elderly loved one with their health care is to be informed.
If possible:
• Go to doctor’s appointments with them
• Know status of your loved one’s health
• Stay alert as to whether they are suffering from memory problems
• Ask when was the last time they had theirs eyes or ears checked
• Keep note of their prescription drugs and:
• Any warnings or adverse interactions associated with them.

Check in Often
If your elderly loved one lives on his or her own, check in often and regularly. What could have been a simple fix may turn into a serious medical emergency:

Seniors who live alone may suffer from accidents, such as:
• Slips and falls
• Medication issues
• Dehydration issues
• Suffer from depression
• Create a phone call or visitation schedule
• If you don’t hear from them as planned, follow up immediately to see if they need emergency care.
• Every visit, look for signs of disorder, accidents waiting to happen
• Remove all extension cords when not needed
• Get rid of all throw rugs!!
• Review easy access to storage
• Check the fridge, is their diet balanced

Consider Professional Senior Care
If you are having difficulty balancing your life and elder care or aren’t able to live with or near your loved one, but you know that he or she needs additional help you cannot provide, consider elder care solutions such as in-home care or assisted living.

When considering these options, you will have to make sure that your loved one is on board and understands that the purpose behind hiring professional care is to ensure the senior’s safety and avoid medical emergencies.

If you do face a medical emergency or need help with senior care involving your elderly loved one, Vista Living Senior Care is located in the Phoenix Arcadia area, between Biltmore and Scottsdale, and our team has helped seniors improve the quality of their life by making our purpose built 10 resident luxury assisted living homes something special.  We love what we do and it shows.

We urge you to consider Vista Living Senior Care for your family.  We know we have something special. Let us show you.  For more information please or to schedule a tour call Vista Living Senior Care at 602-456-1919, email info@VistaLiving.net or Visit Our Blog and subscribe.

Should Your Aging Parent Move In With You?

Should Your Aging Parent Move In With You?

Early in my career, before joining Vista Living Senior Care in Arcadia, I was fortunate to discover the importance of this question. For most children of aging parents this is the first question to ask yourself and will guide the process of finding the best options for their Senior Care.

Studies reveal that 25% of caregivers live with the elderly or disabled relative that he or she cares for. This arrangement can have many benefits, but there is a point in time when it can also begin to cause more expense, fatigue, heartache and stress, especially if your home has to go through a remodel for needed accommodations or modifications.

Take time to consider the following questions when deciding whether to be an in-home caregiver:

1. What kind of care will be needed?

It’s important to consider the person’s mental and physical condition, and any illnesses he or she may have, before you move him or her into your home.

However, moving parents out of their family home usually happens when there is some sort of health condition or crisis that acts as a catalyst for the transition. If this is the case, your family will be dealing with the person’s chronic illness, which will most likely get worse and eventually require round-the-clock care.

It’s important to think about the future senior care needs to determine whether a move into assisted living may be a better option.

2. Realistically, how much personal assistance and supervision can you provide?

Many families feel obligated, or even want, to bring their elderly loved ones into their home when their health declines. Many feel caring for an aging relative is a great way to give back some of the care, love and nurturing he or she may have given you.

But role-reversal can be challenging for everyone involved; not only for you, noone wants to be a burden and feel uncomfortable with you having to care for them.

Consider these other factors to determine whether the move is a good idea:
• Be realistic — You may consider speaking to your elderly relative’s doctor about his or her upcoming needs and determine whether you’re able to provide the level-of-assistance needed.
• Consider your schedule — Do you work? Do you have children? You need to consider whether you actually have time to watch someone who requires assistance. Do you have someone who can help you? There is no guilt in asking questions that you need to ask.
• Know your limits — If the person needs help with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing and dressing, are you and your loved one comfortable with you performing these duties as caregiver? Do you feel your best, current option is hiring in-home aide or nurse until the need for more care makes it because necessary to have your loved one move into a senior care facility?

3. What’s your relationship like?

Do you get along well with your loved one or relative? You need to look at the history of your relationship and determine whether or not you can reside in the same house, let alone have you care for their needs.

If you can move past conflict easily and feel living together will only strengthen bonds without sacrificing your sanity in the process, the arrangement may work.

However, if you’ve never gotten along, putting yourself in close quarters probably isn’t a good idea, even if you feel obligated, you have to be realistic.

4. Can your home accommodate the person’s care needs today and in the future?

Often times, older adults with health problems can’t bathe or climb stairs easily unless grab bars are installed. Can you afford a renovation that may be involved, consider the following:

• Could you convert the living room or den into a bedroom easily?
• Is there a bathroom available on the floor the relative will be residing?
• Is the bathroom and hallway areas wheelchair accessible?
• What renovations will be needed, and is the cost worth it for both short-term and long-term health and senior care needs?
• Will everyone have a level of privacy they’re comfortable with?

5. How do your other family members really feel about the potential move-in?

You have to go with your gut when it comes to moving in your aging relative. Do you and your children feel excited about the potential move-in?

Does your spouse have a good relationship with the relative? How does he or she feel about the move-in? You want to make sure everyone is on-board with the decision and is prepared for potential sacrifices and responsibility. Consider meals, noise levels in the house and everyone’s preferences and styles. Can family members adapt to be compatible to accommodate multiple generations, in addition to possible care?

6. Will you have enough time to care for yourself?

If you’re working full time, you need to seriously consider whether you can handle the additional stress of having a dependent, older adult at home. Being a caregiver is hard work that many people don’t realize until they’re in the situation.

Many caregivers have lost or given up their jobs because they can’t juggle competing demands of work and taking care of an older adult. They are also prone to illness from exhaustion and stress if they’re not taking time for themselves. It’s important to replenish your own body, mind and spirit by having your own activities and time. You need to consider whether you can balance everything.

There are many support groups for caregivers, both in-person and online. It helps to realize you’re not alone in what you’re going through.

7. Your elderly loved one, what kind of social life will this arrangement offer them?

When a relative moves in with you, he or she may be leaving his or her own social network and friends. Not only that, it can be especially hard for some older people to adjust to a new environment, especially if they’re set in their ways.

Depression and loneliness from isolation could become an issue.

During your Senior Living career you have the pleasure of meeting many wonderful seniors and families, we still enjoy and recognize the reaction of a visiting family member or loved one commenting: she or he was in a hurry to have a meal with their friends.

Vista Living Senior Care believes a social life for seniors is very important and you’ll need to understand they can and may greatly benefit and thrive in an environment with friends their own age.

Families opt to move their aging loved one or relatives into assisted living — where there is 24-hour access to personal care, as well as nutrition and wellness services designed specifically for older adults. Seniors can enjoy social contact, security and support while still maintaining their independence.

If you’re still on the fence and struggling with the answer, then its down to 2 things: Care & Cost. Notice Care first, it’s only fair to ask, “Will someone else be able to provide the same level of care that I do?” Vista Living Senior Care Arcadia believes we can, and affordably.

We urge you to consider Vista Living Senior Care for your family. Please schedule a tour of one of our purpose built 10-resident Luxury Senior Care Communities in the Phoenix Arcadia area, between Scottsdale & Biltmore. We know we have something special. Let us show you.

For more information please call Vista Living Senior Care at our main line at (602) 456-1919 or email info@vistaliving.net.

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Seniors Relying on Friends and Family are in Denial

Seniors Relying on Friends and Family are in Denial

Many of us have seen a senior who is struggling in their home. Some seniors silently believe they have a whole network of support from family and friends.

Daughters may call their mom once a day to inquire if their senior parent is okay OR no answer could mean they fell again and need help.
• Senior falls often lead to dangerous issues including fractured hips
• 911 calls
• skilled nursing care
• physically therapy
• 24/7 care

A son may set up medications in a pillbox for his senior parent, and then call two or three times a day to make sure his parent has taken them.
• This can be effective until the senior gets confused and says “What are these pills for? I don’t want to take them.”
• Not being there in person twice a day to make sure the senior properly ingests the pills can be an issue.

Kind neighbors may make an extra plate of dinner every night and take it to their senior neighbor.
• Neighbors get:
• Frustrated and burned out
• Worried and begin spending more time away from their own family
• This type of support does not last forever

Daughters may spend every other Saturday or Sunday cleaning mom’s house, grocery shopping, and setting up her senior parent to successfully survive for another two weeks.
• No matter how close or how far away the daughter lives, this type of help eventually turns into every Saturday or Sunday. If the daughter works full time, then what?

What is the answer to a senior struggling to manage in their home?
It starts with patience and persistence. As soon as the struggle becomes apparent it is time to start a discussion. You may focus on how the current home is an injury trap, or worse for the elderly, but sooner or later its time to have “The Talk”. Knowing what to expect may make it a bit easier to prepare.

There are five typical results in having “The Talk” with a senior:
1. Denial: “I am just fine living in my own home. I am not ready yet.”
2. Shutting down: “I don’t want to discuss this.”
3. Anger: “Why are you questioning my ability to be independent? Leave me alone.”
4. Confusion: “Don’t you want to come see me everyday? I don’t understand.”
5. Acceptance: “I understand that I have become a burden. Maybe it’s time to look at what my senior housing options could be. I am tired of being lonely. Will you help me look?”

Vista Living Senior Care is located in the Phoenix Arcadia area, between Scottsdale and Biltmore, and our team has helped seniors improve the quality of their life by making our purpose built, 10-resident luxury assisted living homes something special.

No one ever chooses memory care or skilled nursing, but those may be the only options for many seniors who waited too long and ended up in a health care crisis needing 24/7 care and can never return home. We are part of your team, a team working hard to provide a high level of senior care, at an affordable price, in an enriching environment.

We urge you to consider Vista Living Senior Care Arcadia for your family. Please schedule a tour of one of our purpose built 10-resident Luxury Senior Care Communities in the Phoenix Arcadia area. We know we have something special. Let us show you.

For more information please call Vista Living Senior Care at our main line at (602) 456-1919 or email info@vistaliving.net and subscribe.

Top 9 Signs That It’s Time For Assisted Living

Top 9 Signs That It’s Time For Assisted Living

It’s not easy to bear the burden of having to move your elderly loved one into an assisted living facility. It’s especially more challenging when they are used to living on their own and is not too fond of the idea of moving to another facility

However, there may come a time when your loved one will need assistance in doing everyday activities and when this happens, you may need to start making all the necessary arrangements. But the question is: how will you know when it’s time to transfer your loved one to an assisted living facility?

Although the situation varies, there are surefire signs that you can identify whether your love done is better off in an assisted living facility or not. Having trouble with handling finances, personal care, household chores, or any slight, unusual change in their everyday habits may be a few obvious reasons.

Certain situations call for the need to make an alternative living arrangement for your loved one. When you start noticing these signs, they may need the type of care that can only be provided by assisted living facilities. Here are 9 signs to look out for:

  1. Accidents Become Frequent

Did you notice that your loved one experiences more falls frequently? Did he/she experience a medical scare? Accidents are likely to happen as your loved one ages. As a family member, you should be able to think of ways to prevent these situations from happening. With that said, opting to move your loved one to an assisted living facility may be the best choice to make. These facilities have staff that is equipped to assist and checks on them from time to time.

  1. Care Becomes More Demanding

Being a caregiver can be exhausting. When you notice that both you and your loved one are starting to become tired and frustrated with the care your loved one needs, it may be a sign that you should start seeking for help. Are the everyday needs of your loved one becoming more and more demanding? If so, it may be one of the reasons why the caregivers may feel worn down and the more you should consider moving your loved one to an assisted living facility.

  1. Basic Everyday Tasks Are Becoming More Challenging

Most seniors would prefer to stay independent and may overlook the challenge of taking care of themselves as they grow older. They tend to claim that they can still perform the basic everyday tasks such as taking a bath or dressing. However, this may not be true all the time. If you start detecting a mild body odor or notice the same set of clothes being worn for a few days straight, it might be another sign that they need to be transferred to an assisted living facility where their needs would be well taken care of.

  1. Financial Management is Affected

Overlooking bills and financial obligations arecommon among older people. If you find an unusual thank you letters from charities you don’t recognize or open a letter from a bank referring to late payments or overdrawn balances in your loved one’s mail, it may be an early indication of cognitive problem thereby increasing their need to be transferred to an assisted living facility.

  1. Changes in Diet

If you notice your loved one becoming thinner and thinner every time you see him/her, you might want to check their diet. This situation needs to be attended to immediately since it may lead to complications. Constantly taking out food that has gone bad in the fridge is an indication that your loved one may need to be moved to an assisted living facility.

  1. Housekeeping May Become Overlooked

It’s a known fact that keeping the house clean is one way of keeping the overall health of people in check. However, when the main person who keeps the home in order to grow older, cleaning may become difficult for them. Failing to keep up with the household chores may be an indication that your loved one may need the care provided by senior care facilities.

  1. Lesser Social Interactions

Think about the social connections your loved one has. As a person ages, their social circles tend to shrink and they become more prone social isolation which may be a result of some of their friends or significant others passing away or moving away to other places. However, this lack of companionship may be remedied if they move to an assisted living facility where they may be able to interact with other residents through recreational activities designed especially for them thereby allowing them to form a new social circle.

  1. Leaving Them Alone At Home May Not Be Safe Anymore

Stairs become one of the most hated enemies of people as they grow old. Aside from it being difficult to manage, stairs are also an avenue for deadly falls. Considering your loved one’s current living situation affects your decision on whether or not assisted living facility is best for them. Moreover, going outside alone may be dangerous for your elderly loved one especially if they have the tendency to wander.

  1. Early Signs of Cognitive Deterioration

The time may come when your elderly loved one’s memory may not be as sharp as before. When a person starts noticing cognitive deterioration among their loved one as an effect of aging, it may be time for them to seek assisted living facilities where their loved one’s needs may be tended to day and night.

Denial is Part of The Journey

Even when all the signs are evident, there will still be instances where the loved one and the family will be in denial of the fact that the move to an assisted living facility is necessary. This holds true for people whose loved ones are against the idea of assisted living.

As a matter of fact, denial is a very common case. The only problem in this situation is that: family members often don’t know how to face the problem and talk their loved one into moving. If you find yourself in this situation, you may consider hiring a geriatric manager who is highly trained help you walk through the process of convincing your loved one.You may be able to find one through National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers should you ever find yourself having trouble in looking for one.

Be Realistic

Evaluating the needs of your loved one is essential before deciding a senior care program that is fit for them since the type of services offered is different in each senior communities. Typically, assisted living facilities are designed to fill in the disparity between assistance and independence. The only people who are able to determine the level of care your loved one needs are the caregiver, you as a family member, and your loved one’s doctor.

Caring for your elderly loved one doesn’t necessarily have to be a difficult task. If you start noticing the telltale signs that your loved one may need to be assisted in his/her everyday routine, you may be able to contact assisted living facilities. This way, you would be able to put your mind to rest knowing that your loved one is well taken care of.

 

How Assisted Living Works – Common  Questions Answered

How Assisted Living Works – Common Questions Answered

Assisted living facilities provide alternative senior housing that is intended for seniors who may need an extra helping hand in doing everyday tasks such as medication management, bathing, dressing, and eating but do not necessarily need a 24-hour monitoring such as those offered by nursing homes.

Recent estimates show that more or less 1.2 million seniors in the United States are currently living in over 30,000 assisted living facilities in the country. On average, a senior transfer from a private living arrangement to an assisted living facility earns at least $30,000 yearly and is usually an 80-year-old female who is still capable of doing regular routines with little help.

A senior resident typically stays in an assisted living facility for an average of three years before they need to be moved to a community that offers monitoring 24/7 such as nursing homes. There are, however, circumstances that contribute to a resident being discharged from an assisted living facility. These include:

  • Inability to continue the payments for the facility
  • Seniors relocate back to their homes
  • Staying in a hospital
  • Moving to another senior care facility

The Rights of a Senior

Assisted living facilities are best for your senior loved one of they’re still able to do things on their own. Although they are independent, assisted living facilities still provide them with the care they need. Deciding to transfer your loved one to an assisted living facility enables them to maximize their capacities since they are exposed in a safe and supportive environment.

Moreover, the residents are also entitled to his/her rights in an assisted living facility. These rights include:

  • Right to be treated with dignity and respect
  • Freedom from any forms of neglect and abuse
  • Respecting their views on religion and allowing them to practice their belief
  • The right to privacy and personal space
  • Managing their own financial affairs unless legally restricted
  • To have a safe and homey environment
  • Freedom from being discriminated

There are other rights that your loved one may be able to enjoy in an assisted living facility. For the complete list and information, you may be able to visit assistedlivingfacilities.org.

Living Arrangements, Services, and Amenities of an Assisted Living Facility

The beauty of assisted living facilities is that they provide residents with vast choices when it comes to living arrangements. Most facilities may look like a home and may allow residents to avail a private or a shared room, depending on their preferences. Some facilities may even offer its residents with a studio apartment, dormitory type pads, or a shared one-bedroom apartment. They may also be allowed to choose a fully-furnished or an unfurnished space.

Assisted living facilities offer a lot of services to its residents. Some may also offer extra services if they need it. But usually, the basic services that a regular assisted living facility may offer its residents are:

  • Assistance with the basic daily routines such as bathing, dressing, eating, and medication management.
  • Administering medications and providing basic health assistance.
  • 24/7 security services
  • Group exercises
  • Wellness programs
  • Scheduled Recreational activities
  • Social services
  • Housekeeping and maintenance services
  • Laundry services
  • Transportation services
  • Activities that stimulate their cognitive reasoning
  • Meal preparation
  • Emergency call systems and protocols

The services that are offered to the residents vary in each facility. The more specific a senior is about his/her preference, the more they’ll likely look for a facility that would provide them with what they need.

Assisted Living Costs and Fees

When it comes to the costs of assisted living facilities, the most basic price usually include the services that are mentioned above. However, should your loved one need other services such as haircuts, nail care, or any other activities aside from the basic services offered, additional costs may apply. You may be able to talk with the management regarding the pricing of the additional services.

Generally, assisted living facilities cost lesser than nursing homes since they only provide housing and basic care to seniors. This type of senior care community costs approximately $2,000 but it could go lower or higher depending on some factors such as size, location, and the living arrangements.  

Government programs such as Medicaid, Social Services Block Grant, Veteran Aid, or Supplementary Security Income may help you in cutting the costs of assisted living. A few states may also allow you to make use of tax-exempt bonds or Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs). Seniors may also be able to use their long-term care insurance in covering the costs for assisted living facilities; however, they won’t be able to use Medicare.

Quality of Assisted Care

Deciding to transfer your loved one into may require you to do a deep and intensive research. Knowing the policies and regulation allows you to narrow down your list of facilities that would give your loved one the best care.

As of today, there are still no federal regulation policies with regards to assisted living facilities but with the increasing number of facilities, most states are working to create a system that would regulate their operation. In fact, out of five states, two already have a working regulatory system, one is already revising their regulatory system, and 10 out of 50 states are already looking into assisted living.

Furthermore, you should also evaluate certain things relating to the assisted living facility including its administration and staff’s qualifications. With that said, the following are other factors you need to consider:

  • Ability to manage the facility
  • Experience with handling residents in assisted living
  • Educational background
  • Regular participation in training and seminars or making sure to remain up to date with techniques and activities to improve their service to residents.

The number of staff hired by the assisted living facility typically varies depending on the services offered, a total number of residents, or how big the facility is. Assessing this aspect would ensure that your loved one would be able to choose an assisted living facility that would cater all his/her needs. Usually, caregivers, nutritionists, administrators, physical therapists, medical team, wellness and health directors, and beauticians are hired by facilities in order to serve the needs of other residents.

To further assess the workforce of a facility, here are some of the factors you need to look out for:

  • Will the staff be able to cater the scheduled needs of their residents without any delay?
  • Should the need arise, will they be able to tend to the unscheduled needs of the seniors?
  • Are they capable of giving thorough and direct answers to any questions asked by the senior’s families?
  • Does the staff have enough skills, education, and training that is necessary for the job?

Finding the Right Assisted Living Facility

When finding the right facility to move your loved one into, you need to be assured that his/her needs would be tended. In order to make sure that you’re choosing the right facility, here are some questions you can ask:

  • In what ways are we able to pay for the fees of the facility?
  • What services are inclusive of the monthly plan?
  • Will the fees be flexible should my loved one’s needs change?
  • Even if there’s no change in the needs of my loved one, is it still possible that the fees will change? If that’s the case, how much notice will residents be given?
  • Is a deposit necessary? Would the deposit be refunded should my loved one change her mind and move to another facility or back home?
  • What are the complete services offered by your facility?
  • Is there any policy regarding outside services? If there is, what is the policy?
  • How is the level of care needed by my loved one assessed? How often do they need to be evaluated?

Looking for the best assisted living facility may cause us to overlook some things including the opinions of our loved ones. Even if we’re busy looking after their well-being, consulting them before making any big decisions could help make things easier. The important thing is they will feel safe, comfortable, and at home in the facility.