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Finding Assisted Living for Special Family Members
There may come a time in your life when you discover that one of your family members needs to have special care and can no longer live alone. 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. Your income level will help you make this choice too, but if you ask a consultant for a list of the best locations, you can compare the list of features you’re looking for.
An appropriate placement would be one that has all the features they are looking for as well, so you may want to ask them those questions. Your family member might want to stay in a place where you can visit them more often, so location will be important. Depending on the best rated locations within a certain mileage distance, you can narrow down your choices from there.
Check to see how involved the staff members like the family to be, so you can check on your loved ones without feeling like you’re in the way. It’s important that they encourage involvement like this as family members should be involved in major decision and feel free to ask questions.
Since patients need to be able to go outside, find out how often they spend time outside or take day trips. It’s good for them to feel independent in a way and the sunshine is a great mood lifter.
Since you’ll want to pay close attention to the medication for your family member, you’ll want to ask about their procedures for monitoring medications and making changes when they are appropriate. 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.
The more you educate yourself about the facility, the more comfortable you and your family member will feel about the final choice you’ve made for an assisted living facility. If you make a point of visiting and checking in regularly, then the staff will understand that you’re staying involved and will naturally see you as their ally.
Take it step by step and this experience will be far less stressful than you imagine it would be. This process helps them feel independent, cared for and living in a safe environment and you can rest knowing they aren’t in danger because of neglect or an accidental environment.