This first things to determine are the care level that you or your loved one need and the budget that they will be able to afford monthly. When making a budget, plan for a sustainable long term. Even those who have a hospice diagnosis of less than six months to live will often last longer than anyone would have thought and people looking for assisted living for the first time rarely need that level of care. People can live a lot long than you think once they have the right care. So make sure that your budget is realistic for long term and not based on assumptions that may or may not end up being true. Level of care is also an important determination. For example: people with Alzheimer’s Disease, senior dementia, or other memory issues often require a specialize memory care unit or memory care community. At a memory care unit, caregivers and medical staff will have the appropriate experience and training to best deal with patients who have this specific issue. Rather than just saying “my loved one needs assisted living,” you need to make a point by point determination of what exactly they do need so that you can make sure that communities that you are looking at can meet their needs in their entirety.
It’s also important to check into the state Department of Health reports on the assisted living communities that you are considering. These are available online and can be helpful in determining whether or not the community that you are looking at is providing good care to their residents. If you have any questions or would like help or guidance during this process, feel free to call Senior Planning today.