Full Care Senior Living Options


by James C

Those considering full care senior living should take the time to carefully evaluate their options. While full care is available at many assisted living facilities, the definition of “full care” may vary from one facility to another. For this reason, it’s crucial that you take the time to learn about the specific services offered at each care facility that you’re considering, and as the essential questions about medical care, living arrangements, and more before making a final choice. This article discusses multiple things you’ll need to know before deciding on a home that offers full care senior living.

Does the Facility Offer Complete Medical Care Options?

If the patient that will be moving into care has any type of medical issue, you’ll need to be sure that the facility offers appropriate care options. This may include diabetes management, medication administration, physical or occupational therapy, or ostomy care. Because senior patients and their needs vary so widely, it’s often best to call the facilities that you’ll be considering directly and ask them about the medical care options they provide. This helps you to rest assured that they’ll be able and available to meet the patient’s needs.

How Does the Facility Transition from One Stage of Care to Another?

As patients age, their medical conditions may quickly worsen. When considering a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, it’s important that you take the time to ask about their levels of care, as well as the transition process. This helps you to ensure that the patient will be able to receive varying levels of care, as it is needed. For example, if an elderly patient develops a urinary tract infection and displays severe symptoms, such as irritability or temporary senility, will they be managed on site, or will the facility transfer them to a psychiatric facility and then transfer them back? These are important details to know when choosing a facility.

Does the Facility Offer Short Term Stays?

Sometimes, an elderly patient needs a short term stay in a full care senior living facility in order to heal from a wound, such as a broken arm or leg. This is especially common in patients with osteoporosis. If you or your loved one regularly needs short term stays to heal, it may be in your best interest to find a facility that offers this option, so that you’re not locked in to a long term contract for services that you may not actually need.

Will the Facility Allow Two Person Transfers?

If the patient that will be entering care is married or involved in a long term relationship, they’ll likely want to stay with their partner. If this is the case, you’ll want to ask the nursing facilities that you’re considering if this will be allowed. Some facilities allow two person transfers, and even have two person rooms or suites, while others strictly forbid the process. You’ll need to check in advance to see which type of facility you’re dealing with, so that you can make the appropriate decision for those entering care.

 Article provided by LivingSenior, James C