Trying to define what’s right or wrong, especially when it comes to assisted living is like trying to determine one person’s taste buds from another’s. It is virtually impossible to tell you which assisted living facility would be ‘right’ for you or a loved one, but there are a few things that you can and should look for when it comes to choosing one of these facilities.
Is assisted living right for you at this time?
Too often, the first reaction that people have when a loved one may require assistance in order to live at home is that they should move to assisted living. The problem with this is that there are many other viable options as well, especially personal care at home that they can rely on that will help them remain in the comfort of their own home.
Considering any kind of assisted living facility means that the individual would need to move out of their current home and into a new apartment or home. This can have a dramatic emotional impact on the individual, especially if they’ve lived in their current residence for any number of years.
Being forced to leave your home is a tough situation to deal with and can lead to unnecessary stress and even depression. We become attached to our homes, especially if there are many wonderful memories attached to those homes. It doesn’t matter if you live in a house in the suburbs or an apartment in the middle of a busy city –home is home and when you are forced to give that up, for any reason, it can have dramatic emotional effects.
Before you even consider which assisted living facility may be ‘right’ for your loved one, make sure that you are looking out for their best interest and not your own.
You want your loved one to be safe and to remain healthy for as long as possible, but too often we put out own needs and desires ahead of theirs. What’s in their best interest? If you think that moving them into a nursing home or assisted living (two completely different entities, by the way) is in their best interest, ask yourself if having a live-in care provider would be a better option.
If you decide that assisted living is, in fact, the right option, then you want to choose the one where your loved one feels most comfortable, would be able participate in activities that are available, and where the right level of care will be provided. The only true way to determine this is to visit a number of different facilities with your elderly loved one.
When researching options for assisted living facility in Dickinson, 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.