Approximately 47 million seniors live in the United States. Among those seniors, the National Council on Aging found that 75 percent have at least one chronic health condition. The process of giving the care of your loved ones over to someone you don’t personally know can be unsettling. Before you sign the documents to administer your loved one to a facility, it’s important to ask questions and seek the knowledge of professional staff beforehand. These 4 questions may not be on the intake form.
Before you settle on a care facility and take the tour, it’s important to understand the needs that your loved one will require. Write a list of duties that you feel they can’t perform on their own and that you cannot provide for them. This list will help you better understand the care provider and what they can expect. Each care facility has its own design for the quality of life they provide for your love one. Unlike the in home health care Aurora Colorado offers, these centers should provide more in depth care for the demands that your loved one needs
If there are any monthly fees, be sure to research what’s included and what’s not. Since senior living communities generally fall into three categories, it’s important to know what is covered and whether it’s government owned or locally owned. You’ll want to ask if there will be an increase in monthly fees and how the increase is determined. If there’s a one-time entrance fee, will it be reimbursed? Some communities will give back the fee should death occur or you choose to take your loved one elsewhere. Write a list of all monthly fees added to the services.
Senior living arrangements often come attached with the stigma that grandma or grandpa will lose their independence. It’s important to provide extra assistance within the facility and if it’s applicable, keep their independence to a degree. Do they allow pets onsite? How much room does your loved one need? Are they allowed to bring familiar items to furnish their room as how they remember it? You want them to feel as comfortable as possible. And sometimes it’s rearranging their room to mimic a familiar place.
Not all assisted living facilities are created equal. Some facilities offer separate units for their patients from hospice to very minimal yet specific care. When you take the tour, don’t forget to ask – in detail – what type of care your loved one will receive. Specifically ask what treatment is available and compare that to what you feel is needed and what the senior care Aurora location provides.
Lastly and more importantly, you need to find out how the other residents and families approve of the care. When it comes to your loved one, you want the best treatment from providers who feel that this isn’t just a job but a duty to care for someone the way they would want to be treated.
Your loved one deserves the best care. Synergy Home Care Aurora offers top-notch service and helpful advice when needed. Contact us for more information today!