The Art of Mastering Living
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Family Members and Setting Up Assisted Living
As life changes, one day it might come that your family member needs to have constant care and attention and won’t be able to maintain their independent residence anymore. When this time arrives, it’s important to find a living place that gives them the ability to live in a relaxed and safe environment, and have as many choices as possible during the day. Your income level will help you make this choice too, but if you ask a consultant for a list of the best locations, you can compare the list of features you’re looking for.
Ask your family member the right questions so you can find an appropriate location for them that offers everything they are looking for. One of their requests might be a location that is closer to you, so you can visit them more often. Depending on the best rated locations within a certain mileage distance, you can narrow down your choices from there.
A meeting with the facility staff would be in order to see what boundaries they don’t like family to cross, so you don’t have to worry about when you’re checking on your loved ones. It’s important that they encourage involvement like this as family members should be involved in major decision and feel free to ask questions.
You’ll also want to find out the schedule for day trips and time outside, since patients should be given regular access to the outdoors. Not only will it lift their spirits, but it also helps them feel more independent.
Most of their patients will likely be on medication, so find out what procedures they use for monitoring and to make changes, and see how you can get a status on this for your loved one at any time. Find out what contact measures they have in place and how they plan to use them if they have an emergency situation. They should keep you apprised of the situation if an evacuation is necessary, so you need to know where the patients will be taken in these situations.
If you spend the time to learn about the facility and make sure your family member feels comfortable there, you’ll be able to relax with your final decision for their choice of living space. If you make a point of visiting and checking in regularly, then the staff will understand that you’re staying involved and will naturally see you as their ally.
Take it step by step and this experience will be far less stressful than you imagine it would be. This process helps them feel independent, cared for and living in a safe environment and you can rest knowing they aren’t in danger because of neglect or an accidental environment.