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Choosing the best long-term care facility for aging parents

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2024 | Uncategorized

As your parents age, a difficult question often arises: can they continue living safely and comfortably at home? For many families, finding the right long-term care facility ends up being the best pathway forward.

This can feel like a daunting task, but with careful planning and research, you can find a nurturing environment that meets your loved one’s needs and preferences.

Understanding your options

The first step is to understand the different types of long-term care facilities available. Independent living is ideal for seniors who are still relatively independent but may need some assistance with daily chores or meals. These facilities offer private apartments and communal spaces, with optional housekeeping and personal care services.

Assisted living provides a supportive environment for individuals who require some help with activities of daily living (ADLs) like:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Medication management

Residents have their own apartments and access to on-site healthcare professionals.

Nursing homes cater to seniors who require 24/7 skilled medical care and assistance with most ADLs. Nursing homes have licensed nurses who offer a higher level of medical services than assisted living facilities.

Memory care units are specialized units within assisted living or nursing homes designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. These units provide secure surroundings, specialized activities and staff trained in dementia care.

Assessing your parent’s needs

Once you understand the various options, assessing your parent’s specific needs is crucial. Consider their physical and mental health, current living situation and level of independence. Here are some key questions to ask to establish your parents’ needs:

  • What level of assistance do they need with daily activities?
  • Do they have any chronic health conditions that require specialized care?
  • Are they mobile and able to navigate safely?
  • What social and emotional needs do they have?

With a clearer picture of your parent’s needs, it’s time to research facilities in your area. You can also talk to your doctor, social worker or local senior center for recommendations.

By understanding the options, assessing your parent’s needs and conducting thorough research, you can find a nurturing environment that provides your aging parents with the care and support they deserve. That said, you can also consider seeking legal guidance to help ensure that enrolling your loved one at a care facility does not put them in a vulnerable position where they can be subject to manipulation or abuse.