Choosing the Right Assisted Living Facilities for Your Loved OnePosted on September 11, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver Education
Finding the right assisted living facilities for your loved one may seem like a daunting and overwhelming process. Many families struggle to find the right facilities to meet the needs of their aging or disabled relative. With the right amount of time, patience and knowledge, it is easy to find the assisted living facility to meet your needs.
The first step in choosing the right facility is to determine the level of care that the resident will need. Some care facilities offer apartment-style living in which the residents care for themselves with limited assistance from staff. These types of facilities allow residents to maintain a sense of independence and privacy while being available to provide assistance as needed. Other facilities offer a moderate level of care, providing medical treatment, meals and personal care, but allowing residents the freedom to make choices about their daily living. Finally, there are facilities that provide extensive care, round the clock supervision and treatment and full service meals and personal care. Many of these are connected to a hospital or other medical care center.
Many assisted living facilities provide a number of amenities to make the resident’s experience as pleasurable as possible. These include full service meals in community dining rooms, administering medication, religious and spiritual services, recreational activities and transportation services. It is important to choose a facility that will offer the right balance of services while helping your loved one maintain their dignity and mental well being. The best facilities encourage a healthy relationship between the resident and their family and community.
Making sure the assisted living facility is perfect for your family member is an active process that requires careful selection and follow-up. Before admitting your loved one as a resident, many facilities interview the family and the potential resident to determine their needs and to formulate a plan for their care. This interview process will allow you to assess the facility, voice any concerns and make suggestions that will benefit your loved one. In addition, this will give you the opportunity to tour the residence and get a feel for the overall atmosphere of the facility.
There are many assisted living facilities to serve the needs of your aging or disabled relative. It may seem like a daunting task to choose from the many senior residences, care facilities and assisted living communities available. By assessing the needs of your loved one and targeting facilities that meet those needs, you will find the assisted living facility that is perfect for your family.