You have an elderly loved one who is having a difficult time. You might be worried about their well-being. There comes a time in life when you may have to make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a senior assisted living facility.
Here at Integrity Senior Placement, we are filled with compassion and empathy at this phase of life. We understand that this move is difficult for all parties involved. It is emotional, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be stressful.
If you were on the fence about considering a senior assisted living facility for your loved one, this guide can help you make the decision.
First, let’s talk about what an assisted living facility is and what it can do for your loved one.
An assisted living facility helps the elderly with many different aspects in life. It takes the pressure off of the family when they are worried about the health, care, and safety of their loved ones.
When it comes to the services provided by an assisted living facility, this is what you can come to expect:
You may be arriving at a decision that a senior assisted living facility is right for you and your loved one. However, there are common signs to consider when this is the right move to make.
Below, these are some of the common reasons why families seek out an assisted care facility:
These health problems can range from physical to mental. Health conditions such as dementia or loss of mobility require round-the-clock care that family caregivers at home cannot provide.
If a loved one is suffering from chronic illnesses, pain, or diseases, this is a prime time to get them the help they need every hour of the day.
Some seniors will display signs of aggression. This can be because they are realizing that their independence is slowly slipping away. They may also be going through a bout of depression, along with a number of other psychological or health issues. Stress and frustration can also lead to lashing out.
When a senior is displaying this type of behavior, the staff at a senior assisted living facility knows how to handle this behavior professionally and appropriately.
Does your loved one have a history of falling? This is a serious worry for loved ones, as falls can result in major injuries including breaking of bones. Even shortfalls can be deadly.
To ensure that the senior is in a safe environment at all times, an assisted living facility can help.
Some seniors require medication to keep them healthy and active. Whether it’s blood thinners or medication needed for dementia, it is vital that these medications are taken as prescribed.
When doses are missed, there can be serious health consequences.
The faculty at the living facility will provide your loved ones with the proper dosage of each medication and on time.
From laundry to bathing and cleaning, everyday activities and chores can take a toll on the elderly. They may not be physically fit enough to complete these activities, or they may be forgetful about doing them at all.
If your loved one is withdrawing from those that they love, this is a sign of isolation and depression. It is vital for mental health for seniors to be around others, participating in games or just everyday conversation.
As we age, our dietary requirements can change. It is important that seniors receive proper nutrition, including enough fiber and protein. At an assisted senior living facility, every meal is prepared with the seniors’ health in mind along with nutritional requirements.
Seniors may intentionally or unintentionally skip out on hygiene. This may be an issue of getting in and out of the bathtub safely. In other situations, the senior may forget to bathe at all.
At an assisted living facility, the staff keeps tabs on hygiene, ensuring that regular washing is handled.
Family and related caregivers can undergo considerable stress when it comes to caring for a senior. In some situations, it required 24-hour care. Many families are unable to accommodate, as they have other responsibilities such as work and kids of their own.
Lastly, wandering away is an incredible safety risk. This can be the result of dementia and other mental health conditions for diseases.
If your loved one has a history of wandering away, or even worse, becoming lost, an assisted living facility for seniors is likely a very safe and empathetic decision.
You and your family have decided that it is the right move for your loved one to live at an assisted living facility. But how do you have this emotional and sometimes difficult conversation?
We have some tips to help ease the process.
This is not a time to point out flaws or make your loved one feel as if they are being punished. A very gentle approach is always wise while leading up to the conversation with a discussion of their current living arrangements and how they are getting along in life as of now.
Some seniors are concerned about the pricing of a senior assisted living facility. This living arrangement and lifestyle can be incredibly expensive, especially when insurance won’t cover it.
Do your research ahead of time about pricing. You can even look into price negotiations for assisted living. That way, you can address the topic right away when your loved one brings up this topic.
Another way to prepare for this conversation is to look into assisted living facilities ahead of time. You can be prepared to share your left one variety of options that are local and feel safe to them.
Lastly, help your loved one understand the benefits of this move. Not only is it a good decision for their health and safety, but it is also a sound decision for their well-being and they can even make new friends.
One of the last steps is taking an assisted facility tour. It’s wise for your loved ones to come along if they are physically able to. This gives both the family and the senior a glimpse of what life will be like at the facility.
You can expect some of the following activities during your tour:
During the tour, take the opportunity to ask any questions or address concerns that you may have.
Placing a loved one in a senior assisted living facility can feel like a roller coaster of emotions. At integrity senior placement, we are here to make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible for everybody involved. To ask us questions or to schedule a facility tour, please contact us today.
- Steven F( Phoenix Arizona, Memory Care Placement )
Integrity Placement exceeded our expectations. We called with an urgent need to relocate our 88 year old mother with advanced Parkinson’s disease, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and a heart condition to a safe, capable and conducive environment. Having changed ownership and management, her then current facility had dramatically declined, replaced administration with unethical leadership, and become an elder-care warehouse. David listened to our list of needs, our experiences, and our hopes. Within a week Integrity Placement had researched potential fits, contacted AND prepared several to address our needs, guided us through on-site reviews, and helped us walk through the decision process. Every alternative we visited was exceptional and prepared to address our specific financial and medical needs. We found a match a could not be happier or more relieved.
- Colleen D( North Scottsdale, Arizona Senior Placement )
Reina is truly our guardian angel. Fortunately, she was referred to me to help find a placement for my brother who was being discharged from a north Scottsdale facility at a moments notice. Having to deal with a facility and insurance who don’t have your loved ones best interest at heart is maddening. I was panicked. Reina calmed my fears and was instrumental in finding a wonderful placement for Joe. She stayed connected with me during the entire process and continues to be a part of our lives. I appreciate her and the value of Integrity Placement and know this transition went as smoothly as it did because of Reina. Her dedication to her clients and families, her knowledge, honesty, patience, and professionalism are truly incredible. I can’t thank Reina enough for how much she helped our family.
- Toni M( Phoenix, AZ Assisted Living Placement )
The folks at Integrity Placement can be described in one word – AMAZING! They made an extremely difficult and overwhelming situation very easy for our family. We had to place our mom in an assisted living situation very quickly. Both David and Reina were awesome – extremely responsive and compassionate. David helped us find a place that is a wonderful new home for our mom. We would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone!!
- Jeannie C.( Scottsdale, AZ Senior Assisted Living Placement )
Reina from Integrity Placement was excellent in guiding us through the process of appropriately placing our loved one in assisted living. She worked closely with the centers we toured, was punctual and valued our time commitments. Throughout this process she was efficient, accessible and professional. She truly cares about her clients and is very supportive. Thank you Reina!
- Anna & Jeff K( Phoenix, Arizona Assisted Living Placement )
David is amazing to work with. He made a huge difference in a very difficult time for our family. We were amazed at his efficiency in finding options for care homes and couldn’t have found such a wonderful option without his guidance. But most of all, his kindness and warmth was everything to us. We will remain forever grateful.