Taking care of a senior member of the family may be both physically and emotionally draining for any family member—unless they have undergone a medical training to handle the senior’s needs. It is wise therefore to research the kinds of residences available as a home that would best fit your situation.
1. Know the available facilities.
There are differences in the facilities available, so keep in mind what the senior needs. If you are considering a retirement home, it usually is a private residence where the fees only cover meals and boarding.
Arrangements are made to pay extra for medication and other fees. One advantage though is that there are many facilities you could request, such as a walk-in tub for seniors from Heavenly Walk In Tubs.
If the choice is between a long-term care and a government-subsidized nursing home, they provide full nursing care, but the facilities available are not only what the government can provide. There are facilities that combine both benefits of a private residence and a long-term care home.
2. Schedule a visit.
If the facility requires an appointment before a visit, set the appointment and be ready with a list of things to observe and ask.
Ask about the cleanliness of the facilities, the daily activities, how the members of the staff relate with one another and the residents, the staff-to-patient ratio, and the tenure of the residents and staff in the facility.
3. Arrange for the move-in.
Consult family members regarding the recommended facility. Once finalized, prepare the senior family member and make the necessary arrangements to move in.
Providing what a loved one needs can make a senior’s life more comfortable and pleasant, not just for them but the whole family as well.
But, it is not enough to put a senior member in a facility and left to live under someone else’s care. It is important that all the family members set days to visit and also check in on how their loved one is doing.