If your parent can't be left alone but doesn't need to have someone caring for them around the clock, you may want to look into assisted-living facilities that offer independent senior living options. This means your parent will get an apartment or condo-style room or a room that is in an independent area at the facility but will have help when they need it. While you look at facilities, consider these things.
There are a lot of safety concerns that you will want to look into before putting your parent anywhere to stay for a long period of time. You'll want to look into the following:
- Court records for cases against the living center
- Health-code violations that have occurred recently
- Staff testing and qualifications for emergency medical and disaster care
Looking into this information will help you figure out if a facility has had a lot of issues with keeping the building clean and safe or if has had legal problems with the staff and previous residents.
Is there a transportation service available through the facility if your parent wants to go shopping once a week or needs to go to a doctor's appointment? If the facility doesn't have any type of transportation options, you will be forced to drive your parent around when you have free time, and your parent is going to be limited in their activities.
Make sure to get a breakdown of what is included in your parents stay with the facility. You want to know what insurance is going to cover before you commit to your parent staying at the location, and you need to know what things might cost you out of pocket if your parent needs special care. Once you know what the cost and potential inflation could be, you'll want to look at your parent's insurance coverage, savings, and other financial information to see if they can afford the stay.
When your parent can't be trusted or may be a danger to themselves, it's time to get them to a location where they can be monitored and checked on. If you can't do this as often as you want, find a facility that is safe and affordable for your parent to stay in, and then go from there with getting the application filled out and getting your parent moved in. The sooner they are settled, the sooner you can stop worrying.
Find out more here or search through various sites to get an idea of what kind of living center might be right for your parent.