Sometimes the best choice for your loved one is to work with home health agency. Home Health allows the option to keep your loved one at home and be taken care of at an agreed upon number of hours per day. You may only need them for 4 - 6 hours. Or maybe 24 hrs. per day. Home Health can help with bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding your loved one. Some will administer medications also. They can be present as a companion for a portion of the day. Maybe, the need is greater, whatever the individual need or circumstance, it’s a great option to keep your loved one at home for as long as possible. Home Health is an option well worth delving into before taking the next step.

However, you may have reached a point where you feel that its time to find an assisted living community. Finding the right type of community for your loved one requires homework and visits to the facility. But before you begin that process you need to determine what the best fit will be for them - large community, or a smaller eight (8) bed assisted living.

Step 1

Ask yourself and/or your loved one:

These simple questions should give you some insight and direction towards either a large community or small community.

This doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind. You may be looking at a large community and during your research, discover that a smaller one is the better fit, and vice versa. Once you have some direction, you can start your search.

Step 2

What to look for in a facility

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
RESIDENT & STAFF INTERACTION
FEES AND COSTS
DINING SERVICES
ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS
LOCATION
OVERALL IMPRESSION

Step 3

Take your loved one to the facility for a tour, ask them if they like it. If they are unable to communicate, then watch reaction to the other residents and the community itself. (Maybe they can have lunch with the other residents).

Step 4

Ask the facility for their “UNIFORM DISCLOSURE”. (This should be readily available)

Step 5

Once you decide on the best facility for your loved one:

Ask all the questions you can. A smooth transition makes all the difference. Maybe take in a favorite blanket or chair. Family pictures. Anything that will make your loved one feel comfortable and at home will help with the transition.