What housing option is right for me or my loved one?

Q: There are so many nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior housing options to choose from. How do I know which one is right for me or my loved one?

A: Our caregivers, RNs and Case Managers help people stay in their homes for as long as possible, which is what most people want. At some point, however, a person may need more help than can be provided at home. I suggest you tour several facilities and get a feel for whether or not you or your loved one would be comfortable living there. Each facility has its own distinct personality. What is a good fit for one person may not be a good fit for the next. As you are on the tour, observe and ask questions: Is the facility clean? How does the staff interact with residents? Are there ample opportunities for socialization? Do residents have their own private space? Do they serve nutritious meals and accommodate special diets? Do they provide the services you may need? At what point would they require you to move to a higher level of care? You might ask residents what they think of the facility. After touring several facilities, I suggest putting you or your loved one’s name on wait lists of your top choices before you need it. If a facility calls with an opening, you don’t necessarily need to move. You can say “not at this time, but keep me on your wait list.” It is better to be proactive before a crisis occurs. Our Case Managers can help you with tours and suggestions.

Sharon Chader
Licensed Social Worker