Life Cycle Ė Taking Care of Your Parents
There comes a time
when every child has to take care of their parents as they age. Some
of us will take them in, but when they need more care than you can
provide you turn to assisted living
or a nursing home. Here are two
things to consider when looking for assisted
living facilities or nursing homes for your loved ones.
There comes a time when every child has to take care of their parents
as they age. Some of us will take them in, but when they need more
care than you can provide you turn to
assisted living or a nursing home.
Here are two things to consider when looking for
facilities or nursing
homes for your loved ones.
1) Analyze your parents personalities and health needs Ė The first
thing you need to think about when deciding if your parents should
live in assisted living or a
home is their
health needs. People who live in assisted living facilities require
minimal if any adult care. Assisted living facilities are designed to
be apartments with few responsibilities for those that cannot run a
full household. The apartments are private and include full bathrooms
and a kitchen equipped to cook. If your parents still have the drive
to be independent and the health to run a light household then this
may be a great option. And, if your parents are independent but need a
little assistance then
could still work as the facilities offer meals, a little light
housekeeping and some nursing needs. They also provide security and a
support staff on duty to help if needed.
If your parents are a little fragile or have health needs that require
more attention then maybe you should look into a nursing home. A
nursing home is designed for around the clock adult care. If your
parent has Alzheimerís or Dementia this may be the type of facility
that you need. Sometimes the words, ďnursing homeĒ is hard to talk
about to aging parents but unfortunately itís a conversation that you
sometimes have to have. There is state guidelines put into place that
are grounds for eviction from assisted living if your parentís health
care is more than what the facility can manage, thus forcing you into
a nursing home facility.
2) Thoroughly research the facilities and staff- Itís important to
do your homework so you feel good about the care provided to your
loved ones. Below are a few questions and things to think about when
finding the right nursing home for your parents:
What type of
facilities do they have on hand in case of an emergency?
Is the nursing home
Does the nursing
home have the level of care needed for your parents?
Do they have a
specialty of care that theyíre known for?
Is the location of the
nursing home close to friends and family so itís easy to visit?
How do the tenants of the
nursing home look? Are they clean and dressed for the appropriate
time of day and season?
How does the facility itself
look? Is it clean? Does it smell good?
How does the staff interact
with the tenants? Does there appear to be a warm relationship?
How is the staff? Do they
appear to be professional? Do they all have their name tags on? Do
they knock before entering a patientís room? Do they address the
patients with respect?
Most importantly is there a
continuous education program put into place for the nurses?
Deciding to move your parents
into an assisted living facility or nursing home can be a tough
decision. But, if you do your homework and continue to monitor the
facility, the staff and your parentís health you can feel good that
they are in the best place receiving the best care possible and that
youíve done your best to provide for them.
About the Author:
About the author: Lori
Hollenback is a freelance writer for Innuity. For more information
assisted living or
nursing home services
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