Looking for a residential care option for your can be an emotional journey. It’s important to find a residence that will be a good fit for your ’s physical and emotional needs.
In this guide, we’ll explore the
to ask when interviewing a for your .
Personal care assistance
Assistance with transfers (including the use of Hoyer lifts)
Medication management including IV medications or injection medications
People living in may often have advanced chronic conditions such as dementia, COPD, or diabetes. Their physical needs may make it difficult or unsafe for them to live independently at home.
Many can be paid for by if and when the resident is eligible. may cover the cost of care for a short period of time if it follows a hospitalization.
It’s important that you can trust the individuals providing care for your . Below are questions to ask when exploring to help you find the best fit for your .
Finding a residence that suits your
’s values and preferences is key to their successful stay. Below are a few questions to help you understand how the residence will address your ’s emotional needs.
It’s important to make sure that the not only assesses your ’s medical history and physical needs but also their social history and preferences.
Make sure the includes a well-rounded team. Some participants might include the , engagement staff, , , , and therapists.
Review the calendar to see what activities are offered.
Ask the nursing staff if there are opportunities for individual engagement if someone does not want to participate or is unable to participate in group settings.
Ask if you can review the for the most recent state assessment of the facility. This report will show if there have been cases of abuse or neglect.
You can review how checking out ’s Care Compare. compare to others in regards to CMS guidelines by
Some have double rooms. Find out how they match and how adjustments can be made if needed.
You need to be able to trust the individuals caring for your . Ask questions about the staff and the staff’s relationships with the residents.
It’s common for staff to be spread thin at . Ask what the staff-to-resident ratio is and how they ensure that it is met.
A happy staff will take good care of the residents and form strong relationships with them. If possible, talk with some members of the nursing staff as well as the (also referred to as )
offer support with applications for who enter the facility as private pay residents.
With recruitment being difficult at times, it is still crucial that all nursing staff members are chosen with care and for the experience they have.
Trust is key both between your and the staff and you as the . Make sure you feel good about the staff you meet with.
If they take the time to make you feel comfortable, this is a telling trait of their personality and the type of care they'll show your loved one in the future.
Physical care is likely the reason your
is making this transition. Because of that, it’s crucial that they receive the physical care they need. Below are a few questions to help understand how the residence will address your ’s needs now and in the future.
Find out if your You may also ask if your can receive hospice services if needed. can access physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy.
As your ’s needs change, it will be important to update their to reflect their . Ask how frequently the facility plans to review the and if you will be involved in the .
works as an advocate for residents of . They are not staff of the facility. Find out who the contact is, and see if you can chat briefly.
Ask if you can review the
for the most recent state assessment of the facility. The will show if there have been cases of abuse or neglect within the .
has specific needs, ensure that the residence has the capacity to accommodate these needs- whether it’s a vegetarian or a heart-healthy .
The COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes to the day-to-day operations of
. responded to the pandemic with varying success- ask the questions below to identify how the residents handled the crisis, and what regulations are still in place.
The COVID-19 pandemic has unsurprisingly been challenging for to navigate. As the , be comfortable with the current regulations and find out what regulations have looked like in the past as the pandemic peaks.
Does the community offer video chat visits with and ? Do they offer socially distanced activities? Can visit in person?
As you’re touring the facility, look around. Think about some of the things below:
These questions come largely from your own observations but can tell you a lot about the residence. If possible, take a visit at another time of day to see if there are differences in engagement and cleanliness.
Overall, finding a that will embrace your and focus on providing a high for them is crucial.
However, keep in mind that while your role as a may be shifting- you will still be your ’s advocate to ensure that their preferences and needs are being met.
Laurel McLaughlin has over a decade worth of experience in various sectors of the elder care field- home care, senior living, and non-profits. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is a certified dementia practitioner.
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