We all want to be as independent as possible, but sometimes when people get older they need some help in their daily lives, and it becomes impossible for them to live in a completely independent situation. Fortunately, there are various options for those who need this sort of assistance.
Assisted living homes are for elderly people that don’t need round-the-clock care, but cannot live by themselves either. These facilities can offer their residents the opportunity to remain mostly independent while still providing them some assistance with things like meals, grooming, dressing, housekeeping, and transportation. Some homes can even provide medical care from nurses and doctors employed by the home. Because these facilities vary in the type and extent of assistance they provide, an important step in the selection of a home is to determine the exact needs of the person seeking residency. For instance, if he or she cannot drive, a home that provides a shuttle bus service around town may be desirable.
Make sure that any assisted living home being considered provides you with a service plan, which outlines what kind of care will be provided. There should also be a periodic review of this plan to ensure that it continually adapts to meet any changing needs of the potential resident.
On the other hand, nursing homes provide their residents with constant medical care in order to care for debilitating medical conditions. Nursing home residents are often bedridden or otherwise have extreme difficulty getting around without assistance.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a nursing home is if it participates in Medicare, if that is one of the ways you intend to pay for its services. Nursing homes are generally extremely expensive, and only the very wealthy can afford to pay out of pocket for 100% of the cost for that long. If the resident’s stay lasts several years, it will require a huge financial commitment, and that is why it’s important to make sure the nursing home’s payment options align with your plan.
Another factor is the location of the home, as it should be relatively convenient to anyone who wishes to visit the resident. Regular visitors greatly increase the quality of life of nursing home patients, so you want to make it as easy as possible for people to stop by. Having your loved one close by also makes it easy on yourself, as well.
And as with assisted living homes, you have to find a nursing home that provides the type of care your loved one requires. For example, some people require specialized care due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, while others have physical conditions that require care of another sort, such as respiratory conditions. Always ask in advance whether these needs will be met at the facility.