Finding a quality health care facility for your parents is a challenge; however, there are several tips that can make the process go smoother such as first discussing what kind of place your parents need and what they can afford. Several options to choose from are assisted living, adult day care or in-home care.
When thinking about hiring a senior care consultant, ask how he or she is compensated. Most importantly, ask for references. In addition, because you want your parents to feel comfortable in the facility that is chosen, make sure that it will be a good fit for them.
Before signing up your parents to a new environment, conduct an onsite inspection. Make sure to visit several times but do it without the influence of a marketing person. Also, come at times when you can see how the facility operates during the day, such as lunch time or when the residents are engaged in physical therapy. Talk with some of the residents and see if they look happy and well attended to. Look around and ask yourself, “Is this the right place for my parents?”
It is also important to research the Medicare and state evaluations for the facilities you are considering. The Medicare’s site, Nursing Home Compare site, can give you a good evaluation on the facilities you are thinking about. Look to see if doctors are available and how medicine is dispensed. One of the most important aspects of finding a good health care facility is to read the facility’s contract carefully. If you have an attorney, ask him or her to review it, too.
Good health is important for everyone; especially seniors. As we grow older is it more important than ever to exercise and eat nutritious food. A good exercise program can delay disease and improve health; it can also slow down the aging process by engaging in stretching and balance exercises, as well as strength training exercises. For example, walking or bicycling for a half hour three to four times a week is a good way to keep your heart strong and healthy.
To conclude, finding a quality senior facility for your parents is a challenge; however, there are several tips that can make the process go smoother such as first discussing what kind of place your parents need and what they can afford. Talk with a healthcare specialist and find the perfect place for your folks!