If you are considering an assisted living facility for an elderly loved one, make sure you do your homework first. Here are ten things you may not know about them.
1. Assisted living is a recent development
In decades’ past, most elderly people lived in their home or apartment until they needed to go to a nursing home. Eventually, meeting a need for care that was more than the former and yet not as much as the latter, assisted living facilities came into existence.
2.Facilities are not one-size-fits-all
The services that are provided will vary from facility to facility. You should determine exactly what your elderly loved one needs, and then find a facility to match those needs.
3.Some of the services meet the needs of elderly people who are still active.
Assisted living facilities are there to provide services that relatively active elderly people still need: transportation to and around the community, activities, meal services, and so on are offered to enable the residents to continue living active lives while getting help with basic services.
4.There can be a hefty bill
Given the number of services they provide, and the size of the staff they must utilize, you need to be aware that going to an assisted living facility can be costly. If your elderly loved one has significant assets you may wish to talk to an attorney to see how going to an assisted living facility may impact them.
5. Medical care is not on par with that provided by nursing homes
Remember that assisted living facilities are there to fill the need for more help than what can be provided at home, but not so much as what is needed in a nursing home. Medical care at these facilities is basic; if your loved one has serious health issues you may want to consider a nursing home.
6. Be prepared for a move
Because medical care is not on the same level as a nursing home, you will need to move an elderly loved one who begins to need more care.
7. Some places will not accept residents with significant medical needs
Many assisted living facilities will restrict the types of residents they will admit. For example, some will not admit seniors with dementia problems.
8. Talk to other residents
If you really want to get a feel for how good the facility is, go talk to some of the people who live there. They can give you the inside scoop on the place.
9. Some facilities will accept pets
If your elderly loved one has a beloved pet, you don’t necessarily have to talk him or her into giving that up. Some facilities welcome pets.
10. Kind of
Some facilities will only allow pets up to a certain size, so if your loved one has a Great Dane you may want to be sure to check into whether there are size or weight limits.
Changing to Assisted Living in Montgomery is a big change. Doing all your homework beforehand and finding out what to expect can help make your loved one’s transition a smooth one.