It can be hard to admit when it is time to look for an assisted living care home for a family member. It is not something a lot of people enjoy doing. It can also be hard to know for sure when it is time and when you should wait a bit.
An assisted living care facility is a place where someone can get help with their disabilities. A lot of the people in the facility are there because of old age and not being able to take care of themselves anymore. It is also used for people who are younger but because of illness or trauma can not care for themselves anymore.
If you have a loved one that is older and you are curious if it is time, you should think about their daily lives. Figure out how much they depend on others and if they should be depending on others when they are not. Figure out what they can do for themselves and what they would need help with.
If it seems like they need extra help or they can no longer do regular daily tasks everyday, it is probably time to look into assisted living. They will be able to get the help they need there and you won’t have to worry that they will get lost or hurt themselves. Another option could be to move in with someone else but that isn’t always possible.
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, it is even more important that you look into a place for them to go. You want a safe place they can live, be taken care of and attended to. When you have that disease you forget normal everyday things.
Sometimes it might be something little like putting the ice cream away in the pantry instead of the freezer. Other times it could be something more dangerous like not locking the doors and not turning off the oven when you are done.
As the disease progresses there will come a point when then they can not take care of themselves at all and will have to have that care. It is hard to watch and sometimes families can take care of the patient themselves but it can be hard to do this. They will need someone to be watching them 24/7 and usually that can only happen in a facility.
Assisted living doesn’t have to be scary. If you can take the time to find a good place for your loved one, you will feel good about them being there. You can visit them often, everyday if you would like and know that they are being taken care of. You don’t have to worry that they will hurt themselves or not be able to do something they need to do.
The decision to put someone you love into a home is a very difficult one to make. If you think they are ready for this step, you should talk it over with other family members. Make sure everyone is on the same page about it. Feelings can be hurt and there can be a lot of drama because of it.
If you are the one who believes they should be in a facility, it would be a good idea to set up a meeting with everyone who should be in on the decision. Bring up the reasons why you think they should go to one and why staying in their own home is not longer safe. It also would be a good idea if you have a few locations in mind before the meeting.
You and your other family can figure out all the details about the transition. You should also talk to the love one in question. They might have their own ideas about what should happen. In some cases you should really listen to them. In other cases it is in their best interest for them to move.
When trying to decide on the right place you need to do a little bit of research. Find out what each place has available and if it is what your loved one needs. You want to make sure they are taken care of and that you feel good about where they are going to be.
You should also take a tour of any of the facilities you are thinking about. You want to make sure they are clean and that the patients are always being looked after the right way. If you sense that they are not or the place is not being taken care of you need to look somewhere else. It is okay to say no to one place and keep looking for another.
Also, check out the staff and see if you would want them to be in charge of your family member. You can tell a lot about a place by watching the staff. Only look more into places that you feel comfortable with that has staff you would like to be around your loved one on a regular basis.
You should also check and see about what will be paid for and what needs to come out-of-pocket. That could be a big factor in finding the right place for your family member to live. Keep looking until you find one you think would be best for them to be at long-term.
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