Making the decision to reside somewhere other than “home” can be a challenging event affecting the whole family. Some “food for thought” is appropriate in navigating the maze of decision making required for such a transition. How can you tell if care is needed beyond the family such as assisted living and/or memory care? Below are a few commonly asked questions that may indicate a change is appropriate:
Does your loved one:
- Have any recent falls or close calls?
- Need help managing medications?
- Walk independently? …require walker or wheelchair assistance?
- Have any chronic health conditions (ex. COPD, CHF, Dementia)
- Have limited contact with family/friends?
- Wear stained or wrinkled clothes?
- Experience isolation? …resist leaving the house?
- Manage personal hygiene?
- Need ongoing medical attention or treatments?
- Need 24 hour supervision?
- Need help eating?
- Experience incontinence or need assistance with toileting?
- Accumulate mail scattered throughout the house?
- Require diabetic care?
- Show changes in weight?
- Have stale or expired foods?
- Wander or seek exits?
- Show aggression or other behavior issues?
- Care adequately for their pets? Plants?
Questions to ask the communities you visit:
- Number of training hours?
- Daytime ratio?
- Night ratio?
- What medical services are available?
- Outside care allowed/arranged?
- A secured area inside? Outside?
- A visiting physician?
- Walking paths for residents?
- Pet therapy?
- Music therapy?
- All-inclusive care?
No one thing determines the need for Assisted Living; it is always a combination of some prevalent factors and others not. Seeking help and asking questions is allowed!
Hopefully, this overview can help identify areas to discuss with family and a healthcare support team. If assisted living and/or memory care is a viable option for your loved one, there are many excellent place to consider. Seek a community that offers an environment supportive of medical needs and the experience of a connected, active and purposeful life.
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Cyndi Pressler of Legacy at Forest Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 210- 305-5713.