Do you have a parent who may be entering an assisted living home? If so, you and your mother and/or father have a big decision ahead of you. The senior years are a challenging time in the lives of some retirees, so it’s crucial to find the right elder and skilled nursing care for seniors like your parents.
One of the best ways to achieve this goal is to visit senior living communities and homes in your area to figure out which one would be the best fit for your parent. Here are four tips you can use during your visits to evaluate these senior care options:
View the accommodations.
Visit an elder care facility is one of the best ways to figure out if a home will be right for you or a relative. Make sure to view the accommodations that these communities provide. While independent living communities may have entire townhouses or homes for seniors, assisted living can range from a room or suite to an entire apartment or condo. No matter what type of living space a community provides, make sure that it is clean and accessible for those with or without disabilities.
Observe the staff members.
Senior homes that have staff members providing skilled nursing care for seniors should have workers who are qualified and/or licensed to provide such services. Make sure that you ask about workers’ credentials, especially those who are nurses or other medical staff. In addition to checking qualifications, however, watch staff members to see how they interact with residents. Are they friendly and approachable? Do they help seniors when they need it?
Inquire about treatment options.
Seniors in need of assisted living often need help with more than their daily routines. Of the one million seniors currently in assisted living homes, around half are over the age of 85, and more than 75% of all residents have two or more chronic conditions, including anything from high blood pressure or diabetes to Alzheimer’s or cancer. Homes that provide skilled nursing care for seniors should also be prepared to offer special treatment for those with mobility issues or seniors who require memory care and more.
Talk to residents.
Finally, the most reliable sources of information will be the seniors who already live in these homes. Ask how they like living there and whether or not they have any complaints. While some may not want to discuss personal matters, the discussions you do have should shed some light on the senior community in an assisted living home. Your parent should also speak to these seniors so he or she can get a feel for how friendly their potential neighbors might be.
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