Choosing a continuing care retirement community for an elderly relative can be a hard and emotionally draining task. It doesn’t have to be so hard, by following a few simple steps you can choose a community that’s right for your loved one. The first step is to ascertain what level of care your relative needs.
There are a huge number of care facilities available each specialising in a specific care level. So for instance many ccrc communities just offer help with the day to day chores. They may help with the washing and filling out forms that need to be done. Also paying bills and keeping up to date with health checks are all services that these communities offer. If you’re loved one needs more care than this and is seriously ill in some way you may want to consider a nursing home instead. Nursing homes are fully prepared to deal with any health problems and emergencies that may develop.
The next step is to make sure you fully include your relative in the decision making process. Even if they have difficulty in caring for themselves they will still be able to tell you how the feel about an environment. Even patients with severe dementia are often able to get an impression of a place and decide whether they like it or not. Your relative is the one who has to live here, so it should be a community thath they help to choose.
Step 3 is perhaps the most distressing step as you have to decide what is a financially viable option. Obviously everyone wants the best for their relatives but it has to be affordable as well. There’s no use paying for something you can’t afford if it means your loved ones will have to move when the money runs out. Finally take a tour of the various types of continuing care retirement communities to make sure everything feels right to you and your loved one.