Selecting a reputable, well-regarded assisted living facility for your elderly relative might seem like a deceptively simple choice. After looking at a few brochures, you might think that you have a good idea of which facility you'll want to place your relative in for the duration of their life. However, in order to make sure your relative is happy, it's a good idea to take your time with the search so that your relative is happy in their new home. Remember the following tips as you look for the right facility.
Think About Their Current Health--and Their Future Health
One of the things you must think about while looking for a great assisted living facility is your relative's health. Are they able to walk on their own? Do they become irritated and agitated when they must be around strangers? Taking an honest assessment of their health and behavior will guide you to a facility that can accommodate their health needs.
It is also essential that you consider that your relative's health may change or decline as the years go on. Look for facilities that offer a number of different services. For instance, if your relative is able to walk by themselves now, it is still a good idea to inquire about services that a facility offers for those who are wheelchair-bound. If you choose an assisted living facility that serves clients of all different activity and mental levels, your relative will be able to relax, knowing that they will not have to leave their home as they are coping with new health challenges.
Enlist the Help of Other Relatives
When taking a tour of a particular facility, it is natural that you will start to form your own opinions about whether you like it or not and want to choose accordingly. This is particularly the case if your relative has dementia and is unable to help you very much with the decision-making process.
However, it is wise to get the opinions of other close relatives when making your choice. They may ask questions you did not think of, and they might notice things in a facility that may benefit your relative that you did not notice because you were thinking about your own opinions of the place.
Using the tips laid out above will help you to make a good decision when you are looking at suitable assisted living facilities for an older relative. Talk as much as you can with the staff of each facility you are considering, so that you and your loved one can be satisfied with the facility you choose.