If you have determined that an elderly loved one will be safest and best served by moving into an assisted living facility rather than utilizing in home care providers, then you want to make sure that you choose the best option. There are a number of aspects to consider with regard to assisted living, so be sure to understand them all before embarking on this journey.
The first thing to realize is that these centers are not the same as nursing homes. Assisted living is independent living with a support structure that can check in on the elderly residents on a given schedule, monitor that they are taking their medications properly, and provide a fair level of services, depending on personal needs of each resident. Nursing homes tend to provide more intense care.
The first thing to consider when looking at these facilities is your loved one’s needs. Does he or she (or even a couple) require a high level of care and support? Or are they mostly fully independent but have reached that point in their life where they don’t or can’t take care of certain aspects of their home?
You’ll want to choose an assisted living facility that provides them with the right level of independence, but enough support to suit their needs. Also consider long-term care. What you don’t want is to have them move into a new place, meet new people, and make new friends only to have to move again in a few years. Help them choose a place where they will be comfortable and that will be able to support them well into the future.
Also, make sure that you aren’t the one that ultimately decides where they live. This will be their home and it is ultimately their decision, though you can conduct research and offer them your advice and opinions.
Cost will certainly be a factor. Some assisted living centers will cost much more than others. These will generally have better facilities, more staff, and likely more activities for the residents to take part in, but for those with a limited budget, they are not a viable option.
No matter what you do, don’t choose a facility that is beyond your budget, or that of your loved one, because at some point it will catch up with you and they may need to move again, which causes unnecessary stress. A personal care home can also be an option for those individuals who are unable to remain in the comfort of their own home, or who don’t want to deal with the stress and responsibility of maintaining their property any longer.
Whatever place you choose, it should be somewhere that your loved one will be comfortable and happy.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living Facility in Terrell Hills, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.