Many people would like to stay in their home throughout their whole life, but if some obstacles or problems may arise that will force or cause you or your loved one to move into a living-assisted facility to get the care and support they require. Knowing when to reach out to get care for your loved one may be hard, but if they pose a danger to themselves or others they likely need to be admitted into live-in facility to help them go about their daily tasks.
While it may be time for your loved one to move into an assisted-living facility, it might be hard to convince them to do so. However, if you look around and find the right facility that works for them, they may be more open to the idea. Here are a few things that you should consider when searching for where your loved one will spend their remaining years.
Types of Care Facilities
Options for care facilities range from small homes in residential neighborhoods that generally have higher staff-to-resident ratios that provide a fairly high level of care. Meanwhile there are large campuses that offer independent, assisted and memory care living all in one place. Choosing the facility that best suits your loved ones needs is the first step. For instance, if your loved one is bedridden or has trouble walking, finding a community that has features that will help with their mobility will be beneficial.
Board and Care Homes
Residential care facilities, or group homes, are small facilities generally with 20 or fewer residents, rooms are private or shares. At Board and Care Home residents receive meals and have staff available around the clock. Nursing and medical care are normally not provided at the location.
Assisted living is for seniors who need help with day-to-day activities but don’t need as much care as a nursing home provides. Assisted living facilities can range in size from a few dozen residents to over 100. Generally, when looking for assisted living there are levels of care that each facility offers. Understanding what your loved one needs and choosing the proper care level that they require is important for maintaining their happiness.
Assisted living generally live in their own apartments or rooms and share common areas with other residents at the facility.
Some features that are generally available to residents include:
- Meal service
- Help with medication
Nursing homes offer residents a more advanced form of care as they normally focus their services on medical care. Along with many of the features that assisted living facilities offer, nursing homes also can offer rehabilitation services and a nursing staff that can aid residents in everyday activities.
Nursing homes are available for seniors recovering from a hospital stay but also offer long term care to residents who wish to live there permanently.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) normally offer different levels of service in one location. Many will offer independent housing, assisted living and a nursing staff all in one location.
Where you live in the CCRC will depend on the level of care required. Residents who can no longer live independently can move to the assisted living facility or nursing home depending on their situation.
Along with medical care, CCRCs will also offer recreation programs for residents to interact.
When looking for a facility it is also important to be aware of and consider the budget that is available. Many facilities will look great during your search, however, it is important to note which locations are out of reach financially.
Assisted-living facilities vary in size and benefits that they offer. Normally a mid-range facility with moderate care cost around $3000 to $4000 per month, however specific prices will vary depending on location. If this price is a bit too steep, you can look into a shared room cost.
Just because your loved one is moving on from independent living into a senior living community doesn’t mean that they don’t still wish to have a social life. In fact, entertainment and social aspects of facilities are important for maintaining your loved one’s happiness.
A few things to look at when searching for an senior living facility is to check for include:
- Planned social activities
- On-site amenities such as gyms or pools
Also, if your loved one owns or is a fan of pets, being sure that the facility allows for pets is important to check for.
Being sure that the living facility offers everything your loved one needs is almost as important as being sure that the facility offers everything they want. Along with the health care aspects of many living facilities, you should be sure to check what kind extra amenities each facility can offer your loved on.
For instance, some assisted living communities will offer residents access to restaurants and dining rooms and on-site libraries. The food that the facility offers should also be taken into consideration. Most facilities offer residents multiple meals a day, which is great as long as the food is great too.
There are a number of things to consider when it comes to finding the perfect situation for your loved one. However, if you remember to consider a few of these details when looking for the facility and making a decision, it will make your loved one’s stay infinitely more enjoyable.
While the ideal situation would be to live in your personal residence throughout your lifetime, sometimes this is not always possible as health problems arise. For seniors who can no longer live independently, there are a number of options available to choose from and the right choose depends on your loved one’s health and financial situation. If you’re looking for an assisted living facility for your loved one, Landmark Senior Living offers residents everything they need to enjoy life in their later years. Contact our admissions staff for more information or a free walk through of one of our many facilities.