Making the right choice
Deciding whether or not to place a loved one within a long-term care facility can be a difficult choice for many. Even so, once that decision has been agreed upon, deciding which specific facility to place your loved one in can even more difficult! Chances are there are hundreds of facilities near you however, knowing which one will be the best fit for your loved one can seems cumbersome. There are many factors to consider such as services offered, price, proximity, and overall quality of the establishment. Knowing how to choose a long-term care facility is important and can make a world of difference. This is why we are here to help you determine exactly which details you should consider when selecting a facility:
Consider your needs
When selecting which long-term care facility to join you will first want to ensure that your pool choice includes a facility which can best meet you individual needs. Given that you only need assistance with routine everyday tasks most assisted living facilities should offer this. However, if you have more specific circumstances there are other factors you will want to consider. You should consider details like the level of care you or your loved one will require. Some questions to ask are:
- Is Alzheimer’s a factor?
- Do you need memory care?
- Are the certain therapies you require?
- Are nurses required?
Consider costs & visits
If you do not have long-term care insurance you may have to limit your options a bit in terms of what you can afford. You will want to assess the costs of the type of facilities you are considering and consider your ability to fund this care. You should select from feasible options within your price range and create a budget when possible. Upon determining a selection which meets your financial portfolio, you will certainly want to research and visit the facilities you are deciding upon. Plan to attend and schedule a tour of each one. Along your tour be sure to ask many questions. You may also consider bringing a loved one with you to get a second opinion and/or also consulting your doctor for some other recommendations. You should note cleanliness, amenities, and ambience.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I feel at ease here?
- Do I like the decor?
- Is the Staff smiling?
- Are the listed activities actually happening?
Some questions to ask them include:
- How many caregivers
- Staff requirements
- Activities offered
- Services offered
- Levels of care and requirements
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