Assisted Living: Knowing When to Upgrade
As life expectancy continues to increase, more and more of us will end up in an assisted living facility at some point. This term is vague and can mean different things. But all assisted living facilities offer some level of assistance to the tenants of the property. If you are caring for a loved one who lives in one of these facilities, eventually you will have to make a decision about their housing. Follow this checklist to know when it’s time to upgrade service for their care, with tips on easing the transition.
Find the Right Solution
Whether you have discovered this situation yourself or your spouse or parent’s care providers have alerted you to the problem, you need to make the right decision to manage their care. Many people who start in assisted living need minimal help, which increases as they age. When you know it’s time to change, ask yourself the following questions:
What does my loved one need?
What do the doctors and other medical staff think?
Does the facility where they live offer services for the additional care they require?
How will we finance the upgrade in service?
Many of these facilities offer tiers of service based on the tenant’s needs. If yours does not, then ask for recommendations to other locations in your area. You can also contact your local public health department for suggestions.
Ease the Transition
You want to make this change as seamless as you possibly can. If possible, keep your loved one in the facility where they live, perhaps even in the same room or apartment. Otherwise, try to keep their schedule similar. Continue to visit as you have before, and encourage others to do so. Making a change like this is always hard on you and your loved one. But in time they will adjust, and you’ll be glad that they’re getting the extra care they need.
Being a caregiver is a 24/7 job. You have to be ahead of the game. But when the game changes, make sure the score stays in your favor. Be proactive and do what is necessary.