Things You Need To Know About Assisted Living For Parents
Are you worried about your aging parent? Perhaps your loved one fell at home a few months ago, or perhaps you have noticed that they are not taking their medication as prescribed. These are common concerns that can keep you up at night as you struggle to find the right way to keep your loved one healthy and happy.
However, it can be difficult to start the process of searching for assistance. The senior care industry is large, and anyone can feel lost or overwhelmed in the fray. Fortunately, we have compiled everything you need to know about a common and very helpful senior living level of care that could benefit your aging loved one: assisted living.
What is assisted living?
Assisted living provides long-term housing and care for seniors. Assisted living residents are generally active, but may need support with activities of daily living (ADLs) , such as bathing, dressing, and using the toilet. Seniors in assisted living can expect personalized care, nutritious meals, a wide range of social activities to cater to a variety of interests, and a sense of community in a safe, residential setting.
What are the benefits of assisted living?
While each community is different, assisted living offers services and amenities to focus on important aspects of senior wellness, including physical health, intellectual stimulation, and social connection. These three foundational pillars help slow cognitive decline and keep seniors healthier and happier longer.
Include Your Loved Ones in the Process
Just because you think your parents need help with medication management, transportation, and meals doesn’t mean they’ll feel the same way about their own needs for care. Your mom might be in denial about how much assistance with day-to-day activities she really needs, or your dad might be resistant to making the move to an assisted living facility.
That’s why it’s critical to include both your loved one and the rest of the family in the process of developing the plan. Actively listen to their concerns. Be responsive to their questions. This will show them that you hear their concerns and want their input on making the decision. The more inclusive you can be, the less likely you will later face roadblocks.
What Services are Offered at The Nursing Home?
You need to be looking for nursing homes that can provide the services and options you need, and one that can do it with excellence because your family deserves it. If a nursing home facility doesn’t offer a reliable skilled nursing service for its seniors, then that is a red flag. Trusting the life of a loved one in another’s hands is not an easy decision and should be weighed carefully.
Introduce the Amenities and Features
When talking to your parents, you should focus on the amenities and features offered in these assisted living communities. For example, did you know that the residents of these communities participate in daily physical activities to improve their health and mobility? Also, experienced chefs prepare delicious and nutritious meals for people in assisted living communities every day. This means that your loved ones will be able to get all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need to live a healthy life. Also, specific food allergies will be taken into consideration to avoid illnesses and other health problems.
Understand how assisted living can help
Big changes can result in significant stress, especially when the person experiencing the change is elderly. When considering a new home for your parents, review the steps outlined in these articles:
Evaluate your loved one’s needs.
Start with an assessment of their activities of daily living, or ADLs. Can they bathe, dress, and move about easily? How much help do they already require?
Read up on what assisted living offers.
The phrase “assisted living” encompasses far more than people realize, but it’s not the same as nursing homes or memory care two different community types with more daily involvement and specialized care than what’s usually offered in assisted living.
Assisted living communities have evolved with the times. Many are rich with current amenities and activities while maintaining a level of care that allows your loved one to stay safe and healthy.
Talk to a Senior Living Advisor.
Do a background check
For assisted living facilities are on the National Center for Assisted Living’s website. The list also contains contact information for each state’s regulators, who can guide you on how to find information about a facility. Your state’s regulations
If your state requires a license for an assisted living facility, make sure it has one. Ask to review the most recent licensing report.
Licensing agencies may have online facility-complaint databases.
Make sure you clearly understand the terms, and if you have questions, get them answered before you sign.
• How much are entrance fees and monthly rent, and is a security deposit required?
• What level of personal and health care services are provided?
• What privileges do residents have? For example, are they permitted to bring personal furniture?
• What are the transfer and discharge policies? What specific reasons would lead to a resident being asked to move out, and how much notice would be given?
• Is a resident’s space held if he or she has to be hospitalized?
• Does the contract put any limitations on your right to bring legal action for injury, negligence or other causes? Consumer Reports cautions that many residences include arbitration clauses, which require disputes to be settled outside the legal system via a third party.
How to Make the Transition to Assisted Living
Once you choose a community, your parent/s will be assessed by a staff member. This assessment is to ensure the community knows the medical history and needs of your loved one and that everyone is on the same page regarding expectations and costs. During your assessment time, the nursing staff will work with you to get medications and medical records transferred over to the community so there is no gap in care during the move.
After the assessment, you will be assigned a move-in date. The time before the move is bound to be stressful as you and your loved one work to pack up items to move, to donate, and to sell. Use this time to remind yourself and your loved one about the positive aspects of the new assisted living community. This is also a great time to schedule another meal at the community so that your loved one can meet a few new friends.
Finally, during move-in day, expect a hustle and bustle of activity. You and your parent/s will have assistance with moving in furniture and boxes, and staff will pop in to introduce themselves. No doubt you will also meet a few curious neighbors who pass by to welcome your loved one to their new home. Be sure to pick up the latest community newsletter and activity calendar so you can choose a few interesting events for your loved one to attend in the first week at their new home.
Sooner than you think, your loved one will feel at home in their new assisted living apartment. You will love hearing about delicious meals, new friends, and fun events. Most importantly, you will love knowing that your loved one is safe, healthy, and well-cared-for in their new assisted living home.