When you’re considering assisted living for your loved one, what do you look for? There are so many different types of assisted living facilities to choose from that it’s a good idea to know what your loved one needs, wants, and which ones would give them the right level of care.
The first thing to realize is that an assisted living facility is not the same as a nursing home. If your loved one requires a more medically relevant level of care, then you should look into home health care or a nursing home. However, if your loved one requires a basic level of care and support and can still manage their own care, and you already know that home care isn’t going to work out for you or them, then you should look into assisted living.
Location is going to be important when you’re looking into this level of care. If your loved one is taken away from his or her family or friends, then it can make it more difficult for them to be happy with the move. Sure, you want to have your loved one living closer to you, but if he or she has been building friendships for years within their hometown, moving them away from that can make it a difficult transition for them.
You should look for facilities or communities that offer the kind of activities that your loved one would find interesting. Many assisted living facilities have activities going on throughout the day, but if they don’t have anything that would interest your loved one, then they could end up spending more time isolated, alone in their room.
Another thing to look for is whether the facility provides transportation for your loved one. If they need to get to a doctor’s appointment, go to the pharmacy, or wants to go shopping or run other errands, would they have that opportunity to do so? If not, then how would they be able to get around?
Ultimately, though, the most important thing to look for when it comes to assisted living is how your loved one feels about the situation. If you know that he or she requires some level of care, you want to make sure that they are going to be comfortable with the decision to move into assisted living. Don’t make the decision for them, but rather with them. It’s that simple notion that can make all the difference in the world.
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