As the baby boomers age, there are a lot of decisions to make about health care. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are awful diseases which put care takers is challenging situations.
There are so many people who are not able to keep their parents at home. Those individuals must turn to assisted living in Richmond, VA and other areas of the country. There are many facilities that are competent, good and reliable. But, the sad truth is that there are a lot which are not. Consequently, when you are making decisions as to whether or not your loved ones should move into an assisted living home, you should not make the decision hastily.
Here are some things to think about:
- Don't make a decision in less than 24 hours. A lot of times a hospital social worker will make the recommendation, but you should do your own due diligence. Even consider crowd sourcing the decision on social media sites.
- Talk to current and former residents of the home you are considering. Hopefully, they and their family members can give you some insights.
- Start the process early. If you have a good idea that assisted living will be necessary, go ahead and get on waiting lists.
- Personally visit each home and speak to the administrator, director of nursing and admissions coordinator about their plan of care for your loved one – take notes!
- Don't settle for minimum staffing. State and Federal laws have minimum staffing requirements. These are minimum. Assisted living requires a lot of staff to properly care for patients. Make sure the home you are considering puts a premium on the number and quality of staff.
- Make sure you choose the appropriate facility for the health issues your loved one has. If your loved one suffers from Alzheimer's disease, you want a home which is accustomed to caring for such patients and not one simply trying to fill a bed.
- Arbitration agreements have become standard in nursing homes. Consider a home which doesn't try to eliminate their accountability and responsibility by requiring an arbitration agreement. The facility should not have to hide behind such an agreement - they should be willing to let 12 people decide whether or not they provided appropriate care if something goes wrong.
- Finally, ask what kind of insurance coverage they have.
We hope these simple steps help you find an assisted living home where your loved ones will be properly cared for. There are many other considerations, so take your time and come to a mutual decision. Make sure you continue to monitor the facility once your loved one is a resident.
For more information on assisted living in Richmond, VA, contact Spring Arbor.
The Legal Examiner