Mistakes to Avoid When Looking For an Assisted Living Community
You and your family have decided to help your senior parent move to an assisted living community. This can be an exciting time for your parent as they embark on a new phase in their lives, but it can also be quite overwhelming. While there are many positives of living in an assisted living community, it comes with a great deal of change, which can understandably make many seniors nervous or uncomfortable.
While the transition to assisted living can take some time, one of the best things that you can do as a family member of someone moving to an assisted living community is to help make sure that you find the right community from the get go. The right new home can make all of the difference as your loved one transitions to this new type of living situation.
Take your time when touring different assisted living communities and make sure to avoid these common mistakes when searching for the right place for your loved one to call home.
Mistake #1- Doing it all on your own. Unless you absolutely have to, you shouldn’t handle the assisted living process entirely on your own. You should get your loved one involved. Try not to blindside them and make sure they are an active participant in the process. After all, this will be their new home.
Mistake #2- Choosing the first community you tour. You may think that all assisted living communities are created equal. However, they are not. Different communities can offer different amenities and features so make sure that you at least look at a few different options to compare and find one you are most comfortable with.
Mistake #3- Not understanding the payment options. Expenses will vary and you need to make sure that you are clear not only on how much it will cost but how you are going to may for it. In addition to your own private finances, other things like long term care insurance and life insurance policy conversions can all help you pay for assisted living.
Mistake #4– Not knowing what type of care your senior needs. Make sure that you are clear on what type of care your senior needs now and what type of care they may need in the future. Different communities are going to have different types of care options and you need to find one that works with your loved one.
Mistake #5- Rushing the process. Unfortunately, many families don’t start touring assisted living communities until a major event or crisis has occurred. Then they are rushed and need to find a place quick because their loved one is in a hospital, nursing home or temporary housing situation. You should do your best to plan on looking for a place for your loved one far before they seem to need it.
If you keep these tips in mind, you can easily make sure that you are avoiding the most common pitfalls that can get in the way of your search process. This is the best way to make sure that you are helping your loved one find the best new community to call home.
Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.