3 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
If you or a loved one are entering a nursing home or assisted care facility, you don’t want to rush the decision. Instead, you should take a variety of factors into account. Here are three of those factors.
Size of the Care Facility
The size of the facility matters. Part of the size consideration has everything to do with personal preference. In addition to preference, the size of the facility may contribute to the staff to resident ratio. If there are too many patients per staff member, the caregivers may be overworked. In these facilities, elderly patients are more likely to face neglect. If you or your loved one requires a lot of one on one care, then it is better to have a smaller facility or one with fewer patients to a single caregiver.
There are some benefits to larger facilities, however. Larger facilities may have more amenities than others. For instance, they may have specialized units or more recreational areas for the residents to enjoy.
Cost of the Care Facility
Another important factor to consider is the cost of the facility. Everyone has a budget. If you have to rely on health insurance to pay for the facility, then your options may be limited to the facilities that accept your insurance coverage. If you are paying out of pocket, then you need to think about what you can afford every month. Different facilities have different costs based on the care that you require.
Culture of the Facility
It can be difficult to determine the culture of a facility based on a web search of the facility. To find an assisted living facility Denver residents thrive in, you have to look into the environment. Try to visit the facility if you can. Many care facilities will allow you to visit for a meal, to walk the grounds and to see if it is a good fit. How the residents and staff interact could make or break a decision. It needs to feel like home for you or at the very least, a place you could get used to.
Choosing an assisted care facility is a big decision. Given the cost of it and how important it is to increase the quality of a person’s life, it should be a decision that you put a lot of thought into. It should be a place that is within your budget and that you know the care will be top quality.