8 Lessons Learned: Care

Finding Assisted Living for Special Family Members

You may come to a time in your family’s life when one of them needs to have constant care and can’t live by themselves anymore. The most important decision you’ll need to make at this point is the living facility where they will stay because the staff needs to be attentive and make sure the patients are safe, as well as to live in a relaxed environment where they have choices. The monthly price for this care will determine that choice too, of course, but a consultant can give you a list of highly rated locations that work with your income level.

Ask your family member the right questions so you can find an appropriate location for them that offers everything they are looking for. If you like to visit them often, then you may want to consider location as one of the most important aspects. Depending on the best rated locations within a certain mileage distance, you can narrow down your choices from there.

Checking on your loved ones shouldn’t be something you feel guilty about, so make sure you meet with the staff to see how they feel about family members being involved in the care of their clients. It’s important that they encourage involvement like this as family members should be involved in major decision and feel free to ask questions.

Outside activities should be a regular part of the patients’ days, so find out how often they take outside trips or spend time in the yard. They will feel more independent on these trips and their moods will be lifted by the sunshine.

Medication management and changes should be monitored closely and you should be able to get a status on this at any time, so make sure they have procedures in place for this. Ask them how they plan to contact you if an emergency comes up, and give them all your numbers. They should keep you apprised of the situation if an evacuation is necessary, so you need to know where the patients will be taken in these situations.

Learning about the facility choice and making sure you and your loved ones are comfortable with the details will help you both relax when the patient is residing there permanently. Check in regularly so they know you’re involved and paying attention.

Take it step by step and this experience will be far less stressful than you imagine it would be. Your loved one will be safe, you will be able to relax knowing they’re cared for and they’ll be as independent as possible.

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