Assisted Living

Biggest Challenge: Assisted Living

--Blanche

Response from DM:

Dear Blanche,

When you are looking for either yourself or for those in your care, there are several layers of housing and institutional settings to be aware of. With that, one needs to know the level of care that their elder will need.  What is the health and function of the individual? How will the new setting address the physical and cognitive function of the individual as they are now, and as they become in the future? Staying connected with the elder is important so that their life continues to have meaning and a sense of purpose, and so they don’t feel isolated. Is the living environment you choose together safe and clean, with adequate, well-trained staff? Lastly, fully consider the financial and long term planning issues so the individual understands the costs of the basic package as well as the add-ons. Remember that people can go from maintaining their independence, to needing some assistance, to needing around the clock care. Each of these levels of care may need additional services or in some cases, an entirely new setting. Thus, each person requires a care plan that is individualized to them, and their changing needs.

For more information contact:

Area Agency on Aging
Aging & Disability Resource Centers
Alzheimer Chapters
State Units on Aging

Make sure to always visit any facility you are considering. All brochures are beautiful, but watching how the staff interacts with the seniors who live there will also be informative. Ask lots of questions and thoroughly read and understand all contracts. I wish you well in your search.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marion

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