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Questions to Ask Long Beach Assisted Living Facilities Before Signing a Contract

As Mom or Dad age and become unable to perform all of the tasks of daily life, the time may come when an assisted living facility is needed. Thankfully, the variety of assisted living options in Livingston County makes this difficult decision easier.

In making your decision, ask these questions: What type of assistance does my parent need? What types and quality of care are available? Can I afford it? Answering these questions will help you make the best decision.

What Type of Assistance Does My Parent Need?

Assisted living communities are for adults who require ongoing assistance with the activities of daily living, such as basic hygiene, eating, cooking, and getting in or out of a car. Because your parent may be in denial that assistance is needed, it may be difficult to determine the right level of care. Emphasize that receiving assistance now will keep him or her safe and independent for a longer time. Closely observe your parent’s daily activities and seek input from doctors, therapists, and neighbors. Most assisted living facilities will also conduct an assessment to determine the right level of care.

Types of Care from Long Beach Assisted Living Facilities

The type of care can vary widely. Facilities such as Devine Senior Living Oakridge, Echo Valley Adult Foster Care, and Hidden Creek offer traditional assisted living care designed to bridge the gap between independent living and a skilled nursing home. Village Manor Retirement Homes offer assisted living care and feature cognitive enrichment programs. Sanctuary at Woodland offers assisted living in a faith-based environment. Town Commons Assisted Living and Crystal Creek Assisted Living offer assisted living care, as well as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care.

Communities such as Ashley Court of Brighton, Caretel Inns of Brighton, and Emeritus of Brighton offer the full spectrum of care from assisted living to higher levels of care such as skilled nursing, specialized Dementia and Alzheimer’s care, and hospice care. This approach allows residents to avoid relocating as their care needs change over time.

Your loved one may prefer to live in a more intimate residential setting called a “micro-community” such as Willowbrook Assistant Center. Devonshire Manor offers both assisted living care and assistance to bed-bound residents in a smaller setting. Care-a-Lot and Kay D’s Elderly Care Home are micro-communities offering Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care.

What Is the Quality of the Care?

To research quality, consult nursing home reports, state ratings agencies, consumer review websites, and local clergy Observe the safety, security, cleanliness, and general atmosphere. Because many assisted living facilities are also equipped to allow residents to eventually transition into skilled nursing care, it is important to evaluate the both skilled nursing and assisted living services.

Can I Afford It?

Pricing is affected by the level of care provided; apartment size; and the age and condition of the facility. Although the cost of assisted living is lower than the cost of skilled nursing care, higher levels of assisted living care, such as dementia care, will approach the cost of lower levels of skilled nursing care.

Typically, assisted living is paid for through private savings or family contributions. However, some long-term care policies and state Medicaid benefits may cover limited assisted living costs. Some spouses and veterans may qualify for VA benefit assistance. To learn more, see “VA Benefits for Mom and Dad and How to Get Them in Livingston County.”
By asking the right questions, you can find the right assisted living facility in Livingston County to meet your loved one’s needs with high-quality care at a cost you can afford.

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