This is one of the most difficult and, sometimes, downright frightening moments for caregivers. However, it’s still a sign of love and humbleness to recognize when a person in this condition requires continuous professional attention.
This is a difficult process to start. Take some time and ask yourself if the one you’re taking care of is no longer safe.
Answering honestly and from the heart should give you an indication of whether is time to move.
When the time comes, here are some things that you should look for:
Know the difference. There are two main types of elder care facilities: assisted living and nursing homes.
Assisted living communities have professional staff that takes care of cleaning, preparing meals, group activities and assist with medication. Residents live in small apartments, thus, having more autonomy and personal space but with available aid for eating, dressing and bathing during the greater part of the day.
Nursing homes are facilities that have medical attention available 24/7 for their residents. People who need special attention and a great deal of help are always aided in whatever they need. It’s important to note that, in nursing homes, residents live in shared rooms and they will always be assisted by certified nurses.
The choice will depend largely on the needs of your loved one.
Do your research. Whether you’re looking for assisted living or nursing home facilities, pay attention to the quality of care they offer – do they have planned leisure activities for their residents?; does the place look clean and well-maintained?; are staff members within reach?
Do your research so you’ll feel prepared to make the right choice.
Prepare for the transition. The transition into special care facilities won’t be easy. Do your best to prepare for this exhausting time. It’ll take you and your loved one some time to adjust to new surroundings and the first visits may be awkward, but rest assured, your family member will be held by professional hands. Better days will come as both of you get used to new routines.