Assisted living involves a broad range of settings and services. Deciding which one is best for you or your loved one takes careful consideration. Some facilities limit services to basic care, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication monitoring and minimal assistance. While other facilities are more intensive, and may include help with medication administration, on-site medical staff, and daily assistance with bathing and dressing.
Before choosing an assisted living facility, you should ask as many questions as possible. Which questions you ask will largely depend on the amount of care your loved one requires. The top questions you should ask may include:
- What services does the facility provide?
- What criteria is used to assess the needs of a resident?
- What happens if the resident’s needs change?
- How does the facility schedule bathing and dressing times?
- Are meals scheduled, or can residents eat at any time? What about drinks and snacks? What types of drinks and snacks are offered?
- What standards are maintained in meal preparation?
- Are meals available for special diets?
- What access do residents have to medical staff? Are the nurses available full time, around the clock?
- How are emergencies handled?
- How are residents helped to maintain independence?
- What types of activities and outings are offered?
- What are the rules about visitors?
- Does the staff make regular checks on the well-being and whereabouts of residents?
- Are residents assigned particular staff members, or are they cared for by whomever happens to be on duty?
- What type of recreational activities does the facility have on-site?
- Are staff trained to deal with dementia and Alzheimer’s?
- Are residents and family members provided with a written plan describing care and services? What steps can be taken if this plan isn’t followed by the staff?
- How much health care is provided on-site?
- Does the facility provide regular health check-ups with a doctor? Are there extra charges for these check-ups?
- Are there extra charges for an emergency doctor visit? Does the facility even have the option for emergency medical attention not requiring hospitalization?
- How are prescriptions filled? Is there an on-site pharmacy?
- What type of transportation is available? Are there limitations or extra charges?
- Can meals be served in a resident’s room?
Safety questions you should ask include:
- Can residents walk around the grounds freely? What type of supervision is provided?
- Are there enclosed or protected areas for residents with dementia?
- How are residents prevented from wandering off? If they do, how are these situations handled?
- Are exit doors monitored and alarmed?
- Do the room windows have safety locks?
- How many call bells are installed and how easy are they to access?
- Are residents drilled on fire emergency procedures?
Make sure you get a copy of the contract and read it over very carefully before signing anything. If there is anything you don’t understand, ask the administrator. If it still doesn’t sound right or make sense, have a lawyer look it over. Choosing an assisted living facility is a big decision, but if you ask the right questions, it doesn’t have to be difficult.
When researching options for assisted living facilities in Texas City, 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.