ASK THE EXPERT – SENIOR HOUSING CONFUSION

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Sharon Chader – LSW, CMC

Q: There are so many nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior housing options to choose from. How do I know which one is right for me or my loved one?

 

A:  Our caregivers, RNs and Case Managers help people stay in their homes for as long as possible, which is what most people want. At some point, however, a person may need more help than can be provided at home. I suggest you tour several facilities and get a feel for whether or not you or your loved one would be comfortable living there. Each facility has its own distinct personality. What is a good fit for one person may not be a good fit for the next. As you are on the tour, observe and ask questions: Is the facility clean? How does the staff interact with residents? Are there ample opportunities for socialization? Do residents have their own private space? Do they serve nutritious meals and accommodate special diets? Do they provide the services you may need? At what point would they require you to move to a higher level of care? You might ask residents what they think of the facility. After touring several facilities, I suggest putting you or your loved one’s name on wait lists of your top choices before you need it. If a facility calls with an opening, you don’t necessarily need to move. You can say “not at this time, but keep me on your wait list.” It is better to be proactive before a crisis occurs. Our Case Managers can help you with tours and suggestions.

 

Ask The Expert – March 2018
Sharon Chader, LSW, has been working with older adults for over 46 years. She has experience in caring for chronically mentally ill older adults, was a hospice social worker and previously owned Elder Care Services, Inc.—recently acquired by Freedom Home Care. Sharon has a degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in social work and sociology. She is an advanced professional member of the Aging Life Care Association and is a Certified Care Manager by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Sharon currently serves on the Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Social & Behavioral Sciences Advisory Council, the Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s Committee and the Minnesota State University, Mankato Chesley Center on Aging. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys gardening, fishing, camping, helping with church youth and traveling.

March 19, 2018 in Ask the Expert

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