Providing Quality Care… You Really Do Get What You Pay For!
Often frugality is about saving money and cutting down costs. But other times it’s more about making sure that there’s as much value in the money spent as possible. While there are many areas in life where we should constantly make an effort to scrimp and save from finding out who’s selling the cheapest gas to cutting as much as possible off our grocery shopping, there are some areas in life that are too important to think about savings. When we have an elderly parent or another vulnerable adult in our lives, sometimes we cannot give them the level and standard of care that they deserve. When this is the case, we need to ensure that the money we spend goes towards getting the people we care about the very best standard of care possible. If you are currently undergoing the stressful and emotionally demanding process of looking for skilled assisted living, you may need to ask yourself some searching questions…
Do they understand the resident’s needs?
Your loved one will have very specific needs that the care provider will need to meet on a daily basis. Of course this will include medical needs but also personal needs. Some people need constant social stimulation and interaction while others need their solitude. Some people will eat whatever’s put in front of them, others have strict dietary requirements. Some like to be up on their feet and engaged in regular activities, others just want the opportunity to catch up on their reading. Look at www.mcknightplace.com/ and you’ll see a good example of the kind of holistic care you should be looking for. Everything from catering to physiotherapy plays a part in quality care.
Do they give the resident personal space and freedom?
Nobody wants to be mollycoddled, nor do they want to be kept to a brutally regimented schedule. The best care gives the resident the attention and specific care that they need while also allowing them a level of independence, personal space and freedom to feel dignified and as self reliant as possible.
Are they adaptable?
When dealing with seniors in care, it’s likely that their needs will change. This may be due to the progressive nature of conditions like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s or it may be due to the inevitable consequences of advancing age. In any case, a good carer will be able to not only tell you how they will provide the best standard of care today but work with you to form a strategy that ensures they get the best care tomorrow, in six months and in twelve months’ time, matching their care to suit the resident’s changing needs?
Will the resident be allowed to bring their life with them?
If they’ll be moving out of their home, the resident will likely want to take as much of their life with them as possible. This will help them retain their sense of self and help them cope with the transition. They shouldn’t feel that their life is completely changing, merely that they will have better access to the care they need. The care provider may hopefully allow them to keep a beloved pet or some articles of their own furniture to facilitate this.