When is the Right Time to Start a Search for Assisted
If you’re reading this article ,there’s a good chance that a loved one is currently living at home
and receiving individual care from a caregiver or family member or waiting to be discharged
from a hospital or skilled nursing facility. For some of you, the idea of assisted living may be
completely new, while for others, it’s something that’s been in the back of your mind for many
months or even years.
For those who will be discharged from a hospital or nursing facility soon, there isn’t much time
to identify and screen assisted living facilities. The days are counting down before discharge,
and a facility will need to be chosen unless in-home care is financially feasible. If this is your
situation, you should begin your care home search immediately and confidentially at Care
Home Central, where you can start screening the facilities in your chosen city within minutes.
The longer you wait, the less options you will have to choose from.
For those who are receiving individual care in their homes, moving to an assisted living facility
is a difficult conversation to have, and timing may never seem quite right. So, when is the right
time to start a search for assisted living? From my experience as a front-line home-care aide,
the right time to start the search is when all the parties involved in a person’s care have
reached their resource limit. Resources such as money may eventually run out, making in-home
care no longer affordable, or the family members may not be able to provide the additional
time necessary to care for their loved one. The cost of home care continues to rise, and if a
person needs at least 6 hours of care per day to help with ADLs (activities of daily living), they
can receive nearly the same amount of care 24 hours a day in a residential care home for the
same cost and benefit from being a part of a small community instead of spending most of their
time alone. If the senior can perform most ADLs but still