Selecting a safe and secure place for a loved one to be placed into a special care facility is often a big, emotional step. Take the time to learn about what is going on beyond the cool wallpapers, the flowers in the lobby and the wood paneling.
- What do people want to learn about assisted living facilities?
Generally, assisted living facilities are residential care facilities that give some services but are not operating as a nursing facility. But assisted living facilities cover a broad range of support. Standards are different among states. Professionally-run small group homes, small care-and-board homes with few residents living in an extra bedroom and bigger corporate assisted living facilities with hundreds of senior living in all fall under assisted living.
- Services to Expect
Is a doctor readily available in case of emergency? Is there a nurse on duty on round the clock? Know what the facility is actually capable of giving to its senior living residents. For examples, just because it says it provides Alzheimer’s care doesn’t mean they know how to do this well.
- Quality of Life
Are there activities that the senior living residents might be interested in? Do other residents in the senior assisted living seem to be active and engaged? Will the senior living residents be able to eat when they want and with the people they choose to eat with? These are some of the things you need to consider in choosing a senior assisted living facility.
- Cost of Senior Assisted Living
Normally, senior assisted living will cost about $3000 to $4000 on a monthly basis. Many senior assisted living vary by certain types of services. The more special care you need, the more you might have to pay. Most times, high types of care are as expensive as a nursing home. Make sure you understand the particulars of the services that it covered.
5. Important Thing to Consider
Senior assisted living is all about providing assistance to the elderly. Forget about fresh flowers in the lobby or about the wallpaper being used. If you visit one of these senior assisted living facilities, observe the interaction between the staff and its residents. Does the staff know the residents by their respective names? Do they spend some time to chat with some of the elderly? What are the staffs like, especially in the evenings?
- Health Insurance
You may be thinking if health insurance or governmental programs will cover any of the costs of senior assisted living. If you have bought private long term-care insurance, check the provisions and details of your insurance plan to find out how much senior assisted living is covered before consider assisted living facilities.
- More Information about Senior Assisted Living
You can try your local town area if there is an existing assisted living facility nearby. You can try Aging and Disability Resource Center or Area Agency on Aging. These are some government-funded but may vary significantly the quality of service. Another source of information is your local health or state aging office.