Deciding which assisted living community to move to is a big decision to make under even the best of circumstances. Doing so amidst a crisis can force you to hurry a process that should be slow and deliberate. Unfortunately, many families delay even talking about senior care until an emergency arises. Then a quick decision is often the only option.
If you find yourself in this position, know you aren't alone. And there are steps you can take to help you make an informed choice when time is short.
Making the Assisted Living Decision on a Quick Timeframe
Although there can be a downside to choosing an assisted living community while you're under pressure, there are several things you can do to minimize the inherent risks.
Here are a few ways to make the best possible choice when you're working with a short time frame.
Ask for Help from People You Trust
Recruit friends and family to help divide and conquer. Doing so will allow you to cover as much ground as possible given your time constraints. The division of labor is up to you, but one family member could do online research and gather reviews, while another could conduct phone interviews and schedule visits.
Learn About Levels of Care
Make sure that an assisted living community offers the level and type of care that your older loved one needs. In addition to giving your loved one the appropriate level of care, this will also save valuable time.
Make as many in-person visits to different assisted living communities as your time will allow. You should never make a commitment to any particular assisted living community unless you've been there in person, toured the community inside and out, and met some of the staff and residents.
Consider a Short Term Stay
Once you've decided on assisted living community, it might help to see if they offer short-term respite stays. If the community turns out to be a good fit for your senior loved one after a few weeks or months, you can make the move permanent. But a short-term stay will allow your family member an opportunity to see what the community is like without making a commitment.
Support When You Need it the Most
Vitality Senior Living is here to help. If you'd like to know more about what our assisted living communities can offer your loved one, please call us at (615) 538-3200.
We'll address any questions or concerns you might have and schedule an in-person visit at a time convenient for you!