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Stay At Home or Move to An Assisted Living?

One of the biggest decisions facing a family is whether a senior should stay at home or move into an assisted living facility. There are many factors involved with this decision and, as always the case, there is usually no clear-cut answer.

Staying at Home

The most comfortable – and easiest decision – is to stay at home. Typically, this is the residence where the senior has resided for a very long time. If the senior needs help with activities of daily living, services from a Home Health agency can be added. Of course, there is a cost involved with these services, depending on how many hours per week are needed. The family is often involved when the senior stays at home. There are calls at all hours of the day and your attention is needed. This may disrupt your daily routine as the needs of the senior become a family priority. Additionally, there are social implications of staying home. Basically the senior is alone except for the Home Health aide and any family visits. Clearly there are logistical questions that need to be decided: who takes the senior to the doctor and makes sure they are eating properly? Who visits on a regular basis? And who steps up in a medical emergency?

Moving to an Assisted Living Facility

Assisted living can often be the right choice, although a whole new set of factors would have to be examined before making this decision. What is the cost of the assisted living facility versus staying at home? The cost would include the basic rental charge which is determined by the size of the apartment. An added cost is the care charges, based on how many hours a week care is needed from the staff. Also, families need to factor in is the Community Fee, a onetime charge, which is nonrefundable. Three meals a day are provided and that cost savings needs to be factored into the decision. Socialization is now completely changed as there are many other seniors, in similar condition, living at the assisted living facility. One important advantage: doctors are brought into the facility from doctor services and/or there is transportation available to take the senior to medical appointments. Keep in mind that seniors seem to thrive in this environment, but there are many cases where the senior goes downhill after the traumatic ordeal of moving from their home.

Decision Time

As you can see, it’s an extremely difficult hard decision. Assisted Living Nationwide can help find you the appropriate facility. The service is free of charge and we work with facilities all over the country. Let our expertise help guide you to make the right decision. It’s too important to you, your family and your loved one

Medical Assessments to Qualify for Assisted Living

Let’s assume you find the perfect assisted living facility (ALF) for your parent. What’s more, you’ve found a place that meets all your criteria in terms of location, care support, activities and demographics. One would imagine that the next step would be to move in and become a resident. Not so fast!

A medical assessment for prospective residents is required by every ALF prior to move-in day. The assessment is usually administered by the Wellness Director (RN) and determines if the ALF is appropriate for the prospective resident. Both physical and cognitive abilities are evaluated in these tests. In most states across the country, these assessments must be completed no more than one month prior to the move-in.

Today, the majority of ALF’s now feature memory care residences. These medical assessments also determine whether the prospective resident is a candidate for these specially designated areas. Significantly, there are times where the assessment indicates that a nursing home would be a more appropriate choice.

Assessments are often used when a prospective resident lives out of area and is not be able to visit the ALF beforehand. Larger ALF groups that have many locations can utilize a RN from a “sister” ALF to process the assessment. Many home care agencies process assessments, along with companies that specialize in out-of-area assessments.  Assisted Living Nationwide works with companies, such as Long Term Solutions, to make sure these assessments are processed quickly. As with the entire assisting living selection process, time is always a critical factor.

What is Assisted Living?

The Assisted Living Federation of America defines assisted living as a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer’s, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges. Residents are assessed upon move in, or any time there is a change in condition. The assessment is used to develop an Individualized Service Plan. (Source: assistedliving.org)

Medical Assessments

 

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