There may come a time when your loved one is no longer safe or competent enough to live alone in their own homes anymore. You have been noticing that some of the signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are becoming increasingly apparent in an elderly person. There are several choices to consider when it’s time to decide what should come next. You can hire an in-home health care aide to keep your loved one at home for as long as possible. Other options to think about are a nursing home facility or an assisted living community.
Do Your Research to Help You Make the Right Decision
The quality of service can differ widely from one facility to another. If you’re thinking about assisted living, keep these considerations in mind as you compare facilities:
- Quality of life
- Access to care
- Comprehensiveness of care
- Coordination of services
- Humaneness of treatment
- Environmental safety
- Participation in useful studies
It is advantageous to your loved one to select a facility that is near family members so that they will visit frequently. It is desirable that there’s a sense of familiarity whenever possible. You will want to visit the facility more than once, preferably at different times of the day. This will help give you a sense of the overall environment as well as the attentiveness of the staff. Look closely at the level of cleanliness in the halls, in the guest rooms, and in the dining room. It is also important to ask a lot of questions.
Arrange a Meeting With the Facility Director
While many nursing homes are well-run, caring, and supportive facilities, there are those that are not. You have no doubt read about or heard about stories of elderly abuse in nursing homes. Observe the behavior of patients and staff. You can also read the online reviews posted about a facility. Meet with the management, and assess the pros and cons that you encounter.
In-Home Health Care for Your Loved One
You may decide to keep your loved one in his or her own home for as long as possible with the assistance of a home-health aide. An aide will cook meals, clean, help with dressing and laundry, be a companion to your loved one, and stay 24/7 if needed. Be sure to meet and interview the aide and to check references. Even if it’s for once or twice a week instead of full time, it can be a great assistance to you in your everyday life.
It may take time and planning, but you’ll be happy and at ease when your loved one is in good hands.