What do you do when you can no longer manage the care of your loved one? This is a relevant question for any caregiver. Often this situation may occur when your loved one is no longer as physically able as they were in the past; or when they are no longer as emotionally or mentally sound.
If you are a caregiver, your medical condition may be worsening, or you may feel sick more frequently, frustrated or exhausted. As a caregiver, you should inform their doctor that you are care giving. This is an added stressor in your life and can affect your health. Your doctor will advocate for your health and wellness. Doctors will often order a caregiver to stop their role of care giving for their own medical or mental health. It is difficult to abide to this for the caregiver even when appropriate advice.
The AARP.org website has good advice and tools for questions to ask regarding assisted living. Assisted living residences, vary in size, appearance, cost and services offered. Some residences provide only meals, basic housekeeping, and help with the activities of daily living such as personal care. Others provide services and furnish transportation and certain health services.
Facilities range from small few-resident homes to high rise apartment-style buildings with hundreds of residents. Living areas could be a single, double room to full apartments sized with a small kitchen. Prepared meals may be provided in dining rooms with other amenities. Cost and affordability are considerations too.
Finding assisted living facilities can be challenging, but you can get a list from either your local council of aging or state or local Area Agency on Aging. Long term care ombudsman’s office, a state licensing agency, and The Assisted Living Federation of America provides lists of member residences for profits by each state. Get references from friends and neighbors as well. Next make a call and gather further information on each potential residence then ask for a tour. Take another person with you to assist in acquiring information and to discuss the pros and cons of each residence as well.
For more information on assisted living residences, contact Spring Arbor.