Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking Geriatric Care

April 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm · · Comments Off on Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking Geriatric Care

Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking Geriatric Care

Are you a part of the Sandwich Generation? That term refers to adults who are taking care of their children and their elderly parents. Some 80% of them spend 23 hours or more each week caring for their parents or in-laws.

One of the toughest decisions that members of the Sandwich Generation must make is whether, and when, to move their senior loved ones into a geriatric care facility. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of mistakes to avoid when it comes time to make this decision.

Choosing a Facility That Suits Your Needs, Not Theirs

It can be difficult to put yourself in a senior’s shoes — but doing so is an important part of this process. When you begin looking at care facilities, involve your loved ones and listen to their opinions.

You might fall in love with a community, especially if its marketing brochure touts all of the luxury amenities available. Your parent, however, may not be so impressed. Be sure that you’re choosing a place that both of you agree on.

Of course, it can be hard to evaluate a facility unless and until you actually reside there. Rather than relying solely on what employees have to say, why not talk to some of the residents? This can give you a better idea of whether or not it will be suitable.

Neglecting To Do Your Research

It’s a truism that looks can be deceiving, so don’t be swayed by outward appearances. The level and quality of care provided at a geriatric facility are what’s really important, not whether its lobby looks like that of a five-star hotel.

One good place to start is the office of your state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman. They can inform you of any complaints or actions taken against a senior living facility, or other documented issues.

Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations or testimonials from satisfied family members, either. Those whose parents already live in the facility you’re considering can be a wonderful source of information.

Failing To Consider Current and Future Needs

Your parents might be fairly independent now, but their health and abilities can change in an instant. Take a long-term approach, and make sure that your loved ones’ needs will be met, no matter what.

Before making a commitment, understand what amenities and services each complex offers. Is transportation included? What about social activities and outings?

Are all meals prepared for the residents, or will Mom or Dad be on their own for breakfast or lunch? Who will take care of housekeeping, laundry, and medication management? Is there a staff member on-call 24/7, in the event of an emergency?

Rushing Into a Geriatric Care Decision

It’s tempting to get this task over with as quickly as possible, by choosing the first geriatric living facility you tour. Slow down, take your time, and remember that this is not a decision to be taken lightly. Rather, it’s a big change for your parents, and therefore the process should not be rushed.

When You Are Ready…

At BeeHive Homes of Toccoa, we understand how hard it can be to move your relatives into a senior living facility. That’s why we’re more than happy to answer any questions you might have or take you on a tour.

Contact us today to learn what sets BeeHive apart from other geriatric care centers!