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How to choose a Care Community in Cleveland, Ohio

Here are some steps to help you locate an assisted living facility:

Written by Bridget M. Ritossa, LSW, CMC of Careplan Care Managers

Determine your mom's needs: Assess your mom's specific care requirements. Consider her medical conditions, assistance needed with daily activities, and any special considerations. Employ a professional geriatric care manager like those at Careplan Care Managers to assess needs and help you make the best choice for supportive living. A care manager is skilled in knowledge related to aging and can help narrow down your search to facilities that can meet your parent's needs.

Research local facilities: Look for assisted living facilities in your mom's desired location or within a reasonable distance from family members. You can use online directories, review websites, or consult with local senior centers for recommendations. Compile a list of potential facilities.

Read reviews and gather information: Read online reviews and testimonials for each facility on your list. Pay attention to feedback regarding the quality of care, staff friendliness, cleanliness, activities offered, and overall resident satisfaction. Additionally, visit the facilities' websites to gather more information about their services and amenities.

Visit the facilities: Schedule visits to the assisted living facilities you're considering. Observe the cleanliness, safety measures, and general ambiance of the community. Take note of the staff's attitude and interaction with residents. Engage with current residents and their families if possible to get their perspectives.

Evaluate services and amenities: During your visits, inquire about the services and amenities provided. Consider aspects such as meal plans, medication management, recreational activities, transportation options, and the availability of skilled nursing care if needed in the future. Ensure the facility can accommodate your mom's specific needs.

Assess the cost: Understand the cost structure of each facility, including monthly fees and any additional charges for specialized services. Inquire about any financial assistance or payment options available, such as long-term care insurance or government programs. Consider your mom's budget and explore what options are feasible.

Check licensing and accreditation: Verify that the assisted living facilities you're considering are properly licensed and accredited by relevant regulatory bodies. This ensures that they meet certain standards of care and safety.

Involve your mom or father in the decision-making process: If possible, involve your mom in the selection process. Consider her preferences, interests, and priorities. It's important to choose a facility where she feels comfortable and engaged.

Seek professional advice: Consult with a geriatric care manager, social worker, or healthcare professional like those at Careplan who specializes in senior care. They can provide valuable guidance and recommendations based on your mom's specific needs and circumstances.

Finalize your choice: Once you've gathered all the necessary information, compare the options and make your decision. Inform the chosen facility and inquire about the admission process, required paperwork, and any other necessary arrangements.

Remember to plan and start the process early to allow for sufficient time to find the right assisted living facility that best suits your mom's needs and preferences. Call Bridget Ritossa, Licensed Social Worker and Certified Care Manager @ 440-476-9534 for additional information and assistance with making the proper senior living placement for your parent.

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