Moving your loved one into senior housing can be daunting and you might be worried about whether they will receive the best personal care. Unfortunately, there are currently no federal standards for senior care homes, so it is imperative that you do so thorough investigating before moving your senior family member into a residential facility.
Personal Care and Senior Living
Just like books, you can’t judge a senior care center by its building. It is important to your loved one’s quality of life that you find the best level of personalized care that you can. Click To Tweet Here are a few ways you can ensure your loved one is getting the best personal care in their new home.
Take a Tour
Before making any decisions about where your senior loved one will live, schedule a tour of the facility. In fact, you want to visit a handful of homes so you can compare and see which will best suit your loved one’s needs. Make sure to ask yourself “Would I feel at home in this place?” If you cannot answer yes to this question, more than likely, your loved one won’t feel comfortable and at home, either.
Ask for References
You should always check references and reviews. Ask the owners and staff members to provide their experiences and also the experiences of others who have their loved ones in the assisted living home. Also, be sure to go online and to check out surveys provided by your state by contacting your state’s Department of Aging.
Around the Clock Care
To ensure your loved one is receiving the best personal care, be sure to learn about the facility’s medical care options. Do they offer 24/7 care? Do they have doctors or nurses on staff? If your loved one suffers from dementia, you might want to choose a memory care center so your loved one can receive more personalized care for their impairments.
Learning a facility’s staff-to-resident ratio is a good indicator of the personal care your loved one will receive. If there is not enough staff, residents might be neglected or not cared for as timely as a care center with smaller ratios.
Frequent Contact & Communication
One of the top ways to ensure your loved one is receiving the best personal care is to stay in frequent contact and communication with both your loved one and the care center. Try to call or visit weekly so you can hear updates from your loved one, as well as those caring for them.
Other Considerations for Senior Care Services
Not only do you need to check references, take multiple tours, and understand how care works in assisted living communities, here are a few other considerations to ask about when deciding the best personal care home for your loved one:
- Do they allow pets? You don’t want your loved one to have to give up their faithful friend and companion.
- Is there transportation available for medical appointments and other outside activities?
- What are the different meal options?
- How are health issues managed by the staff? Are medications administered, or are seniors simply reminded to take them?
- How secure is the facility, especially if your loved one suffers from dementia?
Personal Care at Senior Living Communities
Before choosing a senior living option, make sure all your questions have been answered, you have toured the facilities, and you have checked references. Make sure to find a place that has a relaxed environment that your loved one will feel comfortable and at home in with individualized attention and care.
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