How to choose a retirement home
I need to look for a retirement home for a close relative. I have no experience in this matter and have no idea what to look for. I don’t know what’s good, what’s bad or how to look out for red flags.
I would hate to make a mistake and cause a problem or any unnecessary suffering. Do any of you have any advice or recommendations that can help me in my search?SabbaticalMemberTopics: 2
Replies: 19CaptainAwesomeMemberTopics: 2
You are right to be a little cautious. Some of these places can have an undesirable reputation. I am sure you must have seen things in the news. Yet, they always advertise and embellish things in order to get business.
You need to do some research and take your time. This is not a quick decision. I think the best way to find a place is by word of mouth. If someone can give you some positive feedback about a place, I would say that’s a good sign.whimsicalMemberTopics: 1
If you do some research and narrow it down, then you should dig deeper into the few you have on your list. Find out some basic things like how long they have been in business. What do they provide and what isn’t included? Remember, this is not standard stuff, so no two places may be alike.charliebrownMemberTopics: 0
Your relative may have specific needs. Some places may not be able to deliver. It all depends on the individual in question. You also need to think of the future.
For example, at that age, people may go downhill pretty quickly. If they do, then their needs are bound to change, right? Can the retirement home still provide the same level of service? This is perhaps a good question to ask them.potterfanMemberTopics: 1
You had better find out about costs. Find out what is included for what you pay as well as what isn’t included. This is one of those things that can cause unnecessary squabbles. The last thing you want is to have a problem because your relative will still be there.
You don’t want to have some kind of a black mark, right? You never know, they may not give the proper care. If they are a reputable place, then there should not be any worries. If not, who knows?
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