Choosing to relocate your loved one into an assisted living facility is a big decision with subsequently a plethora of different decisions and choices to make, both on behalf of your loved one and, wherever possible, by your loved one themselves.
When Is The Right Time?
There is no hard and fast point in a person’s life when it becomes patently apparent that they now need specialized, long-term, and constant care. However, the best people to assess a person’s mental and physical state and level of independence are the people who know them and spend the most time with them. This nearly always means this important and multi-layered decision lays squarely on the shoulders of friends, family, and loved ones.
Essentially, an assisted living facility may well be the right decision if you, or your loved one, require more personal care services than it is possible to receive whilst still residing in the home; however, are not in need of round-the-clock medical care or the constant supervision that is provided in a nursing home.
Why Assisted Living Facilities Are The Best Option
Assisted living facilities, such as Thrive at Augusta, are the most flexible option when considering moving a friend, family, or loved one to a residential facility. Essentially, this is because each resident is given a self-contained flat or apartment with its own front door access, and they are afforded exactly the right amount of assisted care that they need.
For example, suppose your loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a similar memory illness and they have made the decision to move out of their home. In that case, they will still be incredibly independent and most likely not require 24/7 personal care services. As, unfortunately likely, their disease progresses your loved one’s personal care plan will be adjusted accordingly.
Additionally, each resident has access to medical staff throughout the day and night and is never bound to adhere to a medication regimen.
The Main Considerations When Selecting the Right Facility
One of, if not the most important, factors when choosing the best assisted living facility for your loved one is the location of the premises. Ideally, you will select a residential home as near as possible to you and the rest of your family, but location can also affect how the facility operates due to specific state and area laws.
Unfortunately, like everything else, the cost has to be a serious consideration. Most assisted living residents pay for their residence and their medication through their own personal finances, be that savings, insurance, or often benefits for veterans. Additionally, each individual facility differs considerably in how you pay for their services, be that a monthly cost, a yearly payment, a higher upfront cost, or a tiered payment system.
Other considerations when choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one are the size of the premises, the specific services they provide, and how the facility handles the transitions to higher care.