When living at home is no longer safe, practical, or feasible, choosing a personal care community for a loved one or an aging parent can be a challenge for caregivers. It’s not easy to hand over the care of your mom, dad, or other loved one to someone else. However, for your sake and theirs, it may be the best remedy. When it’s time for a change, both you and your parents need to come to grips with reality. But all parties concerned also need to feel good about the new place they will call home.
When choosing the right care atmosphere, several options exist – namely, nursing care facilities and assisted living. However, a personal care community can be an awesome alternative. If you’re not already familiar with personal care communities, we would like to introduce you to some of the key considerations that may factor in.
Personal Care Communities – What Are They?
For your loved one, a homelike environment is provided via a personal care community while supporting their needs with round-the-clock care and more. For individuals who are bedbound or very sick, skilled nursing care is provided by a nursing home. But your loved one may not need that level of care. So your loved one can continue to thrive, personal care communities provide assistance with staying active, through enrichment, providing activities, and helping with everyday living tasks.
The following are common areas of assistance frequently found in personal care communities:
- Social events and activities
- Laundry and housekeeping services
- 24-hour emergency call response
- Assistance with restroom needs, eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, and other daily living activities
- Monitoring and supervising of medications
- Three nutritious meals a day
Is It Time for a Talk?
It may not be easy, trying to get your loved one to discuss the possibility of moving into a personal care community. At some point, however, a decision will need to be made. Your loved one may feel that family members will not come to visit anymore or they will lose their independence. Try to include them as much as possible in all discussions and decisions and reassure them that this is a good move.
They may be worried about missing the comforts of home. Explain why this move will better see to it that they get the attention and care they need, provide a homelike environment, and possibly reintroduce them to socializing with others.
Things to Consider
Factor in the following when looking at personal care communities:
- Check state licensing
- General costs and other fees or charges
- Schedule a visit
- Consider various floor plans and locations
- What activities are offered
- See who is responsible for giving medication
- Check out the general environment, staff, meals, and more
Experience the Numerous Benefits Available at Hidden Meadows On The Ridge
To ensure our residents can live their best life, Hidden Meadows On The Ridge is proud to offer a vast array of senior living programs. A full spectrum of activities is offered through our programs including socialization opportunities, fitness classes, and numerous events and activities. Additionally, to offer a high-quality lifestyle, other services will include a concierge team, housekeeping, security, and more.