As you are contemplating on moving your parents to assisted living, you may have a lot of questions on your mind. Or you may even feel like you don’t know what questions to ask. This is a big decision. Hopefully they are in on the decision-making with you; it sure makes it a lot easier on you. To help you out as you search for the best place, here are some questions you can ask:
- Is there a formal program for quality assurance?
- Are there regular training and educational programs for the staff members?
- If a resident requires hospitalization, is their room held for them?
- Is emergency transportation to hospital readily available?
- If the resident’s health care needs change, under what conditions are they asked to move?
- What qualifications do the staff members have for administering medications?
- How are the social activities planned? Can residents give their input or request certain activities?
Here are some things to watch out for on your own, as you do a tour or walk-through of the facilities.
- Are the residents generally happy?
- Does it look like they are involved in activities going on around them?
- Ask some of the residents how they like living there.
- Do the staff members smile and interact with the residents?
- Do the staff members use the residents’ first names when they are talking to them?
- Does the facility look clean and well cared for? (Look in corners behind doors etc.)
- Does the place smell nice and fresh?
- Ask to look at the kitchen and food preparation area. Are they separate from dishwashing and garbage?
- Is perishable food standing out on cupboards?
- Does the kitchen look like it observes sanitation guidelines?
Any questions you may have about moving your parents to a facility should be answered quickly and courteously. If the staff don’t show respect to you with your questions, you won’t have peace of mind that they would show respect to your beloved parents.
Ask detailed questions about costs and fees. Ask for written copies.
- What things are included in the basic daily or monthly cost? What things are not included?
- If there is a list of extra services that cost extra, ask for a copy.
- How often do the fees change and how much notice do they give?
- Do they require a security deposit? If so, how much? Ask about the refund policy.
If your selected assisted living facility has no vacancy, put your parents’ names on their waiting list. While you are waiting, you might be able to use home care to help meet your parents’ immediate care needs.
When researching options for assisted living in Kemah, TX call us at (832) 315-3219. Assisted Living counselors at Serenity Gardens are available to talk with you about your caregiving needs while providing better, affordable care for you or a loved one.