Considering Assisted Living For An Aging Family Member
It is hard to make the decision that a loved one can no longer live alone and will need medical and day to day support. But the reality is that it may very well come to that for your aging parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent. To some, it is not appealing, and to others, it is a life filled with music, new friendships, and stability in their golden years. If you have a loved one that needs more care than you can give, it might be time to consider the options in your area:
Finding A Facility
You need to look at the option in the area and take the time to see what each offers. If you need round the talk nurse care, you need to find a facility that offers that. In most of the assisted living facilities, the resident gets their own space to live in and shares things like meals and entertainment time. Some of these facilities offer kitchenettes and apartment like living but with the added support the resident needs. It is a good idea to take your family member with you to look at the options with you so that they can help decide where to live and have input as to which ones stood out tho both of you.
Determining The Level Of Care Needed
The best way to decide what level of care will be required for your loved one. If they need very minimal care, they might be better in a facility that has apartment spaces available, but if they need a lot of care, a full-service community home might be a better choice for them. Talk with the director of the facility to determine how much they offer and which option is best.
Living In Your Home
While it is not uncommon for a child or other younger family to offer to take the adult into their home, it can be a strain on their relationship over time. If you are going to provide for them, you will benefit from sitting down and discussing the way things will work and how much time you will need to put out for them. Keep in mind, this may mean medical support down the road so be prepared to take that own if it required but again talking with them is the best way to find out how comfortable they are or are not with you providing care. So help in whatever way you can but understand that what you can provide may be less about medical knowledge and more about comfort levels.
Contact a local assisted living facility for more information and assistance.