Family Members and Setting Up Assisted Living
There may come a time in your life when you discover that one of your family members needs to have special care and can no longer live alone. When this time arrives, it’s important to find a living place that gives them the ability to live in a relaxed and safe environment, and have as many choices as possible during the day. The monthly price for this care will determine that choice too, of course, but a consultant can give you a list of highly rated locations that work with your income level.
An appropriate placement would be one that has all the features they are looking for as well, so you may want to ask them those questions. If you like to visit them often, then you may want to consider location as one of the most important aspects. Based on how far you want to drive when you visit and which locations are the most highly rated, you can choose a location more logically and easily.
Checking on your loved ones shouldn’t be something you feel guilty about, so make sure you meet with the staff to see how they feel about family members being involved in the care of their clients. It’s important that they encourage involvement like this as family members should be involved in major decision and feel free to ask questions.
Since patients need to be able to go outside, find out how often they spend time outside or take day trips. They will feel more independent on these trips and their moods will be lifted by the sunshine.
Since you’ll want to pay close attention to the medication for your family member, you’ll want to ask about their procedures for monitoring medications and making changes when they are appropriate. Find out what contact measures they have in place and how they plan to use them if they have an emergency situation. In the situations where an evacuation will be needed, you should be made aware of where the patients will be taken, so be sure to ask what the plan is right away.
The more you educate yourself about the facility, the more comfortable you and your family member will feel about the final choice you’ve made for an assisted living facility. If you make a point of visiting and checking in regularly, then the staff will understand that you’re staying involved and will naturally see you as their ally.
Take it step by step and this experience will be far less stressful than you imagine it would be. Your loved one will be safe, you will be able to relax knowing they’re cared for and they’ll be as independent as possible.