When the time comes to choose an assisted living for yourself or a loved one, it's never easy. Thoughts about what amenities are necessary and which you can do without arise. What questions should you ask? Will you be able to trust that you or your loved one will be well cared for? It's always a risk; here are some tips to help you avoid some common mistakes.
How does the facility and staff respond to medical emergencies?
Ask the care facility what medical needs result in a trip to an emergency room and which will be treated in-house. While there are times that a resident will need to be taken to the emergency room and care facilities are concerned with responding appropriately to medical needs, trips for every fall or fever are stressful and frustrating for the resident.
Communicate any preferences about going to the ER, as well as who should be contacted if you are unable to communicate and under what circumstances you would want CPR administered, and if you would like a do not resuscitate order. The care staff should document your preferences.
Do not rush a decision
Visit several facilities before making a decision. Visit facilities with a range of services, costs and approaches to the care of residents.
Don’t only think about the first year of care, but think five to 10 years or more into the future so that the appropriate services are considered when selecting a facility. Can the resident transition easily from assisted living to having a higher level of care if necessary.
Review the contract before signing
As the cost structure and included services vary from facility to facility, review the contract and ask a few questions: are all the services included? Is there any admission fee? What services cost extra? You should also consider hiring a legal professional to look over the contract before you sign. Ask for advise from the resident’s physician or geriatric care manager.
Think out long-term financial consequences
What happens if the resident outlives his or her assets? While many assisted living communities accept medical assistance, not all do. Many seniors’ health and well being improves once they move into assisted living and have a higher quality of care and socialization, which results in them living longer than expected.
Keep long-term care services in mind, rather than social activities
Though it’s enticing to go for the center with the best and most social activities, think about what care services are provided, even if they are needed now. The first thing to consider is the level of care provided rather than the activities.
The Manse on Marsh cares for those in assisted living through higher levels of care, so your loved one can stay in one place for longer. Call us at (805) 541-4222 to learn more and to schedule an appointment. You can check us out at www.themanse.net.