Frequently Asked Questions
When do you need to consider assisted living?
- You need more help than family and friends are able to provide
- You feel lonely or isolated at home
- You worry what might happen if you fell and couldn’t get up,
- When you are tired of worrying of day to day routine activities & obligations
- Have tripped and fallen too often lately
- Are your children asking you again and again if you are depressed?
What to consider when you select an assisted living facility?
- Is the facility located in a central place easy accessible
- Does the neighborhood meets my needs?
- I want to preserve my independence for as long as possible; does the atmosphere at the facility promote independence?
- Upon the first encounter was the staff kind and emphatic?
- Are the leisure activities of my taste and are there managed by professionals?
- Do the other residents look happy and active?
- If my health deteriorates will the facility be able to accommodate me?
When to consider transferring your relative to a nursing home?
- The intensity and complexity of medical and supportive care cannot be provided efficiently at home
- The usual memory lapses become more prominent, familiar persons are not recognized
- You or your neighbor have found your relative wandering and confused in familiar surroundings
- A possible catastrophe has been barely avoided (open gas or water)
- The sleep pattern is so disturbed that you or the hired help are exhausted and cannot anymore provide affective care
- Emergence of violent behavior
- Lose of ability to swallow and control sphincters.
What do you need to consider when you select a nursing home?
- Are the public spaces (common day room) spacious, clean and welcoming
- Is the staff kind and emphatic
- Is there appropriately qualified and sufficient medical and nursing staff
- Are the other patients clean and well-groomed
- Were all the routines and procedures been explained to you in a clear, simple manner
- Will you have easy and immediate access to all information regarding your relative
- Will you be part of the decision process regarding the care of your relative
- Are there sufficient and appropriate occupational activities