When it comes to making long-term decisions for elderly loved ones, their quality of life and well-being is of the upmost importance.
If you have a family member who may need extended care in the next few years, go ahead and begin educating yourself on the process and researching optional facilities. Being familiar with the options and having a portion of the research complete ahead of time will help reduce the chance of making a poor decision when the need becomes immediate. Your research should include a combination of referrals, state inspection reports, online reviews, scheduled and unscheduled facility tours and personal interviews with individuals utilizing extended care services for their family member. Below are several things to consider during an onsite visit.
Frequent visits from family members help maintain a level of security, as well as the mental and emotional well-being for an elderly resident. Choose a location that is convenient for family members so that your loved one will be able to enjoy visits from family throughout the week or be transported by relatives to family events. This will help your loved one feel connected to their children, grand-children and great grand-children. If needed, this also allows family members to address any care issues while on site and ensure a happy and healthy resident.