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The best time to discuss and investigate senior community is before you need one, not when you are in crisis.  

When is placement appropriate?  

  • Family member needs specialized care.
  • A senior community is the only setting where care needs can be met.
  • Family is no longer physically or emotionally able to provide care.
  • Post-hospital rehabilitation.
  • All other alternative have been exhausted round-the-clock care is required.
  • A senior community is more cost effective.

Who should be involved?

  • The family member who needs care.
  • Primary caregiver and other family members.
  • The POA (Power of Attorney) for healthcare and finances.
  • An elder law attorney.
  • Health care (doctor) and social service professionals.
Types of Communities:
  • Assisted Living
  • Supportive Living
  • Alzheimer's & Memory Care
  • Skilled Nursing Facility 
  • CCRC - Continuous Care Retirement Community which has independent living, assisted living and a skilled nursing facility on the same campus  

How to begin:

  • Identify the needs of your family member.
  • Get recommendations from Elderwerks.
  • Research skilled nursing facilities online at www.medicare.gov.  Keep in mind the star rating is not the best way to pick a nursing home.  You must tour.  Rehab is not the same as long-term care needs.

Collect information:

  • Is the facility licensed by the state?
  • What level of care and services are provided?
  • Does the skilled nursing facility have certification by Medicare/Medicaid on all beds?
  • Does the community generally meet the needs of your family member?
On site visit and move-in:  
  • Observe the atmosphere/attitudes of the staff.
  • Observe the appearance of the residents.
  • Is the building clean, pleasant and generally odor free?
  • What are the living arrangements/options?
  • What does the average routine in a day look like?
  • Ask for a daily and/or weekly menu.
  • Does the community charge for activities?
  • Ask to see the state inspection report/survey.  BE REALISTIC!
  • What are the procedures on move-in day?  

Seek counsel from organizations that can help you on how to handle this difficult day. Elderwerks, and The Alzheimer’s Association are available to help.