Finding a long-term care facility is often part of the estate planning process for many, as not everyone can – or wants to – live on their own as they get into their later years.
But how do people find the right care facilities? What sort of red flags should a person look out for, and what might indicate a good fit?
Finding facilities that offer needed care
The National Institute on Aging discusses choosing a good long-term care facility. First, it is important to keep in mind that not every care facility caters to every demographic. A person should not choose a facility simply based on reviews and how much they like it, but also on the services they provide.
For example, someone suffering from dementia would benefit more from an assisted living facility that focuses on helping with memory loss. Someone with physical issues may benefit more from a facility with a focus on physical rehabilitation options.
Observing facilities in person
Next, always visit each option in person whenever possible. It is much easier to get a read on how the staff works and what the facility itself feels like by going there in person.
Once there, try to get an interview with the director of nursing and the facility director, as well. Speaking to key figures one-on-one will provide a good picture of what they focus on, what their goals are, and their main philosophies as people and as a facility.
Through these steps, it is easier to choose a facility that matches the needs and wants of an individual.