At Mars Hill Manor, we understand that contemplating assisted living arrangements can be difficult. We’ve compiled information into our Decision Guide to help alleviate some concerns and answer questions. Whether you are considering care for yourself or for a loved one, gathering accurate and helpful information is the first step in making a decision that’s right for you and your family.
Is assisted living a good option for me?
Assisted living is likely a good option for you if:
- You are part of a couple and one or both of you needs more care than you can offer each other on your own.
- You are part of a couple and one or both of you is no longer able to maintain the home or complete chores such as grocery shopping due to concerns about driving.
- You aren’t eating properly, drinking enough water or getting enough exercise; assisted living will likely enhance your life.
- You are single and you feel lonely or fearful; assisted living will offer you a good solution to connecting with people.
How are assisted living communities licensed?
According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), regulations and licensure requirements for assisted living facilities vary from state to state. It’s important to do your research to see if your state requires assisted living communities to be licensed, and if so, whether your residences of interest have complied. Also, many states require the administrator to be licensed or certified, so ask to see credentials, if applicable.
How important is it to find out about a community’s philosophy of care?
It should be an integral part of your decision-making process, urge experts at ALFA. When making a major life decision such as choosing an assisted living community, it’s important to be an informed consumer. Be sure that as a resident you’ll be afforded respect, privacy, religious freedom, the right to voice grievances should they arise, maintenance of your personal finances, and control over healthcare decisions. Additionally, inquire about internal regulations regarding pets, alcohol, smoking and other quality-of-life issues, to see whether they correspond with your personal preferences.
How does assisted living differ from other levels of care?
Assisted living communities offer a unique combination of independent living and care. Unlike nursing homes and other medical facilities, assisted living facilities allow elders to maintain a sense of independence and involvement in a social community, while at the same time provide the assistance with daily life and peace of mind that come with a professional support team.
When is it time to consider assisted living for your parents?
An elder should make the move to assisted living if hiring in-home care is not an option. If your parent cannot perform daily living tasks such as bathing and dressing, cooking and eating, then their safety is in danger. If your parent has severe mobility issues and cannot get around the house safely and on their own, they need assistance. If your parent is constantly confused, forgetful and sometimes wanders, their safety is at risk. If any of these factors apply to your parent, they need the care that an assisted living facility provides.
How can caregivers deal with the guilt of moving a parent to assisted living?
Guilt is a feeling that many caregivers experience when they move an elderly parent into an assisted living facility. Don’t let guilt get the best of you! Always keep in mind that the move was the best option for your parent. You can still be a caregiver even when your parent moves. For example, you can make sure their apartment has personal touches. You can be a liaison between the assisted living staff and your parent. You can make sure that your parent’s needs are being met. Remember that you are doing your best to make sure that your parent is receiving the best care possible.
What can Mom and Dad bring with them?
Your parent can bring any of their personal items that can fit in the apartment. Your parent may bring furniture, too.
Can a senior be denied?
It is possible. Once the facility evaluates your parent’s health, the team will decide if he or she is a good candidate. If your parent needs more care than assisted living provides, the team most likely will refer him or her to skilled nursing, also known as a nursing home.