How do we choose an assisted living facility?
July 26, 2012 8:14 AM Subscribe
Help with choosing assisted living facility?What do we need to know?
I did see the nursing home question from 2011, but wasn't sure if there might be GA specific resources or other things to think about.
My grandmother is 86 years old, and has lived alone since my grandfather died 5 years ago. She's recently been hospitalized and is very confused (we thought it was UTI related, but they think it is likely related to low levels of sodium and potassium). Her doctors have suggested that once she recovers, she move to an assisted living community.
Normally, she is coherent, but her legs hurt her, so while she can walk with a walker, she will not leave her house. She has someone come each morning for a couple of hours, and then my dad visits twice a week, but other than that, she's essentially alone except for phone calls and the occasional family dinner.
We think she would benefit from the social aspect of assisted living, plus, we're a little concerned for her health. She's in the hospital now and a social worker is coming by this afternoon to give us information on "skilled nursing" and "assisted living facilities".
None of us have ever done this before - any suggestions?
My grandmother does have personal funds, so money is not an immediate concern. We know that we need to visit a place and take a tour, and that we likely need to be a visible presence to make sure that she is receiving adequate care. My only experience is visiting my great-grandmother in a nursing home once she had Alzheimer's and the family couldn't care for her any longer, and visiting there was awful (as was living there, I imagine).
How do we convince her to go, if she doesn't want to? What do we look for?