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Choosing a Care Home For Your Loved One

One of the primary objectives of a care home or assisted living facility, is to encourage resident independence.  There are many ways to do this in the care home environment.  With this in mind, the idea is to give residents a chance to make some of their own decisions.  Keep in mind however, that a care home must always think safety first.  In other words, before any resident is permitted to make a decision per se, knowledge of that resident’s service plan (or care plan) mental functioning, ability and level of care should be considered.  

A good assisted living facility will afford their residents with a balanced dispersement of independent living, assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), and opportunities to participate in social and recreational activities.  When you’re looking to choose a care home for your loved one also consider such things as a friendly and supportive caregiver staff.  You should observe and engage the facility staff, and ask others who are familiar with the home to better measure this. 

Next, consider how safe the care home is.  Learn what the qualifications of the facility staff are and obtain assurance that they are competent in emergency situations.  Finally, you will need to consider your budget.  The assisted living facility might meet all of the aforementioned requirements, but the care home might not fit your budget.  The important thing to remember here is to do your homework on the facility before you move your loved one into a care home.  It might take some time, but you will feel a whole lot better in the long run knowing your loved one will be well taken care of.  

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