If your loved one has reached the stage of life where they require additional care to have both safety and as much freedom as possible during the day – then the time has come to carefully and thoroughly research what options are available and best for them. You can choose between in-home caregivers (either part-time or full-time) or helping them transition to an assisted living environment. If you choose the latter, here are three of the most important questions you need to ask when interviewing an assisted living facility.
1) Is medication self-administered or coordinated by a medical professional? The policies of each assisted living facility in regards to medication vary. Some allow certain medications to be self-administered, such as those for blood pressure, while others require all medications to be dispensed by a trained staff member. Other important questions to consider are the facilities policies about emergency care and their protocol for home healthcare visits.
2) Are off-site trips regularly scheduled and coordinated? Since the goal is to provide a better quality of life for your loved one (not a needlessly restricted one) it’s important to ensure the assisted living facility provides regular trips to the beauty parlor, the doctors office or out for shopping. Determine how far in advance appointments need to be scheduled to ensure transportation and how often social or recreational activities are planned off-site for the community.
3) How often is food served and how frequently is the menu changed? If your loved one is unable to cook for themselves (or chooses not to) it’s important to consider the nutritional value the food served to them and how the facility accommodates special requests for meals, alternate menu items, frequency of snacks and special dietary needs.
Contact MIR Care Consultants for more important tips on helping your loved one find continued fulfillment and quality of life as they transition to an assisted living environment.