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Tips for Choosing an Elder Care Facility for Your Loved One

Many individuals hope to live out their twilight years at home surrounded by family and friends. However, there may come a point where it is no longer possible for an elderly person to care for themselves and safely maintain a household. If you find yourself in the position where you need to research alternatives for an elderly loved one, you may be overwhelmed by your options. The initial inquiry is the type of elder care facility that would be appropriate for your loved one’s needs. This first step alone can be bewildering. Throughout this process, you will likely have numerous questions and concerns about how to choose a facility. Here are some tips to help you in your consideration.

Know what type of elder care facility offers the best fit for the circumstances: The first step in your decision-making process should be identifying the nature and level of services your loved one requires. The National Institute on Aging describes the basic types of facility-based environments:

  • Board and Care: A setting which supports personal help and meals, but not skilled nursing or medical care;
  • Assisted Living: Additional services for residents, including help with medicines, 24-hour staffing, and social and recreational activities; and,
  • Nursing Home: Residents enjoy a wide range of health and personal services, as well as physical and rehabilitative therapies.

In addition, there are also continuing care retirement communities, where the level of services is “stepped up” over time according to the needs of the resident. The benefit is that he or she remains in the same facility while transitioning from one type of elder care facility to the next.

Get references from trusted resources: You likely have friends, other family, co-workers, and neighbors who have gone through the same experience, so talk to them about their choices. References, reputation, and word-of-mouth can go a long way, though you will still need to do your research.

Make an appointment with an elder care center…then show up unannounced: You should schedule a visit to the facility as you are considering options, but do a follow-up stop at another time. It is important to see how the home functions when they are not expecting a potential customer.

Review the contract with an experienced elder law attorney: When you have narrowed down your choices and are presented with paperwork, consult an experienced attorney to review the contract and details to ensure protection of your loved one’s needs and interests.

Contact a Long-Term Care Planning Attorney at the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law

To assist you in finding the right long-term care facility for your loved one, please contact the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law. You can call 810-893-5277 orvisit us online to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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