When you have Parkinson’s, you may experience a number of emotions related to the disease and the progression of that disease. For the elderly individual who is considering moving into assisted living, having Parkinson’s may affect your decision.
There are some things that you should look for in the assisted living facility to ensure that you are going to be cared for in the best manner possible by people who have experience working with Parkinson’s.
Experienced staff members. Not every assisted living facility will have staff members who have experience working with Parkinson’s patients. As you very well know, there are certain aspects to this disease that are unique and that require some level of experience, either to help you with something or to allow you to do what needs to be done.
Some days are going to be better than others and as long as you know that there is going to be someone who can help you properly, it will help to alleviate some concerns that you may have.
Access to transportation. Being able to get to and from doctor’s appointments, rehab, or other locations, including the stores, is important. If the assisted living facility doesn’t provide transportation, then you will need to make sure that you have some other way to get to where you need to go.
Find out how they respond to medical emergencies. At times, you may find that there are going to be emergencies that are related to Parkinson’s. You need to be comfortable in a given location that you will be tended to properly. If the assisted living facility doesn’t have the proper training, certification, or resources to handle an emergency properly, then you should consider another location.
What is the visitation policy? Every community will have a different visitation policy. You want to make sure that your loved ones will be able to visit you when it’s not only convenient for you or the facility, but for them as well. If the facility’s visitation policy is too rigid, this could place an unnecessary emotional burden on you.
Licensed. Finally, make sure that the assisted living facility is licensed. If it’s not, then you’ll want to search for one that is. A license might not be required by certain states, but it’s in your best interest to find one that is.
Parkinson’s is not easy to live with, but when you have the right assisted living community, it can make it a little easier.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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