Ask The Expert: What Are The Top Things I Should Consider When Thinking About Placing My Loved One In A Long-Term Care Facility?
Expert Answer: Placing your loved one in a facility is an extremely difficult decision. There are so many things to think about, but here are three of the top things to consider:
Quality Of Life.
While it may seem obvious, how your loved one will be treated at the facility you choose is one of the most important things to consider. Is the staff respectful? Do the residents have some say over how they spend their time? What services and activities are available? Will they have the privacy they desire? Think about your loved one and what is important to them. Will this home provide that?
Quality Of Care.
Of course the main reason that you are looking for a care facility is because your loved one needs the help. It is important to look at all aspects of the care provided at a facility when making your decision. Ask about what their plan of care is and who is in charge of it. Who are the doctors or nurses that will be looking after your loved one? How often are residents checked on and how long do they have to wait if they need assistance.
Unfortunately, some care facilities may be ruled out simply because of their costs. Know what you can afford, and look for quality facilities that fall into your price range.
Once you’ve done your research and narrowed down the facilities to ones that seem to fit your criteria, be sure to visit each of them to get a feel for what they are like. After all, this will be your loved one’s new home, and just like shopping for a house, you may feel a special connection toward one that you just can’t see on paper. For a complete list of things to consider when searching for a good long term care facility, read our guide here.