How to choose the right fa­cil­ity

The Compass - - SOCIALS -

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.

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