Transitioning from the privacy of one’s home and into the unfamiliar environment of an assisted living facility can be a scary prospect for many aging seniors. It is also one of the top reasons why many aging seniors are hesitant to move into a facility despite its necessity.
As a concerned provider of senior care placement for assisted living in MD, Marie’s Eldercare Placement & Consulting, Inc. strives to make this transition as efficient and as easy as possible. Whether you are making this choice for yourself or for an aging loved one, here are some suggestions that you should consider when choosing an assisted living facility.
Determine the level of care that you need and what the facility can offer.
First and foremost, make sure to determine the level of care that you or your aging loved one needs. Once you identify that, you can narrow down your facility choices. Remember, there are different types of assisted living facilities such as nursing homes, retirement homes, and etc., all of which offer different levels of care and services.
Verify the facility’s credentials.
Does that facility have a license to operate? Are they following the assisted living laws and regulations set by the State and Nursing Home Act? By verifying the facility’s credentials, you can have some peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are in good hands. You can also contact your state licensing agency and the Better Business Bureau to gather more details about the facility that you are considering.
Visit the facility beforehand.
Before you or your aging loved one transition into the facility, make sure to personally visit it beforehand. Take a look around. Is the facility clean and safe? Is the facility’s structure in good shape? Are the locks and doors secured? Is the facility accessible? Thoroughly evaluate the facility and make sure that it’s up to your standards.
Talk to the managers and staff.
As much as possible, talk to the managers and staff before the transition. By talking to them, you can better understand their employee structure (e.g. patient to nurse ratio, training that their staff received, etc.) and you can also evaluate their overall behavior and attitude. After all, it is important that you get along with the people who will be responsible for your or your loved one’s care.
When looking for assisted living homes in Maryland, consider the suggestions that we have provided here. Do you require professional assistance in looking for the right facility? We can help you. Contact us at 240-413-5572 for a more detailed discussion.