How to choose the right facility
A long-term care facility becomes the home, the living environment and the community of a person who has lost their independence. (Photo SP)
it’s a choice made for yourself or for an older member of your family, choosing the right long-term care facility can be a difficult task, both emotionally and psychologically. The ideal situation, of course, would be to have enough time to visit all the homes in your area, ask questions, meet with healthcare and social service professionals, weigh the pros and cons, and then calmly analyze the current situation and what could occur in the future before making your choice.
Unfortunately, this is not often the case. Generally speaking it is a choice which has to be made very quickly due to rapidly deteriorating health. So here is some useful advice to help you choose the most appropriate long-term care facility; a place which will become the person’s home, living environment and community.
First of all start by talking to friends and family who have lived through a similar experience. Find out about the various facilities available in your area by contacting the health and social services agency in your province. Two questions should be asked in order to find the right home for the person in question: what type of care is required and what kind of lifestyle is the person looking for?
Start your search by calling all the possible facilities and ask someone in charge a few relevant questions. In this way, you will be able to eliminate the homes which do not respond to your criteria. The next step is to visit the homes which seem appropriate. Take the time to meet with residents as well as employees, noting the atmosphere and the services offered.