These days, it’s common to have both parents together as the need for care arises for one or both of them. It could be that one parent is fit to live independently but would not be able to manage their spouse if they are contending with a degenerative illness like Alzheimer’s or need to be monitored full-time. You may be asking yourself where to start. What sort of facility will accommodate both of your parents and how can expectations be managed through the transition? Here are some tips if you find yourself scratching your head over what to do.
Do Your Homework
Depending on your location, there may be several assisted living facilities close to you or your mother and father. Contact these facilities and ask if they offer accommodations for couples, then compare that list with each facility’s online reviews and what amenities are available.
Your parents may have certain illnesses that require specific health care professionals to be on premises. Or, once the critical checks have been marked off, look if the facility has features that appeal to your parents, such as allowing pets or a large recreation program and property that supports it. What personal things can come with the move? What about their favorite chairs and other furniture? Also, the earlier you begin researching assisted living, the better fit you’ll find for your loved ones. Waiting because of a critical incident will mean you will be less prepared and that means more strain on your parents and you.
Cost of Living
It is no secret that long-term care for the elderly can place great financial burdens on families. As part of your research, you should be looking closely at insurance, Medicaid, and any potential veteran benefits your parents may be eligible for. Know well in advance what is covered and cross that with the healthcare needs of your loved ones. Ensure that every avenue is explored to afford the maximum level of care and comfort.
When your parents moved into their first home, it’s safe to assume that they made some compromises for the greater good. No different is it when moving to an assisted living scenario. If the research and planning have begun early, expectations will be easier to manage. Still, some sacrifices will need to be made, and it is important that your loved ones are emotionally prepared for them. In addition to medical requirements, make a list of things that your parents like and put them into groups. Pets may be high on the list where proximity to a park, for example, may be lower. Talk it out and know what is most important versus what they can live without. You may be surprised at just how little compromise you end up with.
Learn more about assisted living and its benefits by speaking with Peter at Colten Adult Care today.