Once your family has decided decided it’s time to explore assisted living for a senior relative, there are ways to get everyone involved in the search process so that the burden does not rest entirely on the primary caregiver.
Logistics may be tricky if several family members do not live locally. However, if some are planning to come home for a summer visit or special gathering (a birthday, wedding, family reunion, etc.), it’s an ideal time to get everyone together and talk about possibilities. Skype, FaceTime, and other video chat conferencing tools may also allow for a face-to-face and voice-to-voice meeting across the miles.
Consider these helpful tips for working as a team:
- Delegate responsibilities. Have individuals take responsibility for the following tasks: searching for communities online, calling to schedule visits/tours at places of interest, determining the financial aspects of the decision, and checking in with the person(s) who will be moving to ensure that their preferences are guiding the search process. When you’ve selected communities to explore in person, assign individuals to accompany your senior family member for the visit.
- Take notes. Make a list of the things your loved one wants in an assisted living home. Make a list of the pros/cons of certain communities before or after visiting them in person. Jot down things that impressed you about certain communities you visited.
- Reconvene. After you’ve gathered information, taken tours and done your research, gather again (virtually or in person) and share notes.
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