If you are reading this article, chances are that you or someone whom you know, are searching for assisted living communities for a family member or loved one. Considering the numerous misconceptions about assisted living communities, with the most prominent one being that assisted living communities are nursing homes, you might not be able to tell which senior living option is the most suitable one for your family member. Fret not though, our team at Discovery Village At Tampa Palms is here to highlight three common mistakes made by caregivers during their search process, and how you can avoid them.
Being Unaware of Your Loved One’s Chronic Health Conditions
Research has shown that many people, in particular men, under declare the number of chronic health conditions they are suffering from. As a result, they often end up being placed in an assisted living community that is inappropriately suited to their needs. This can result in them having to move to another more suitable assisted living community in the near future and potentially causing them significant distress. While it is ideal for caregivers to have thorough knowledge of their loved one’s chronic health conditions before deciding on which assisted living community to send them to, that is often not possible. At Discovery Village At Tampa Palms, we are aware of this common problem and thanks to the variety of senior living options offered at our community, we are able to cater to a range of your loved one’s needs. Your family members who are in want of assistance, but do not necessarily require it, can choose to live in our supervised independent living apartment homes. Should they later require more assistance with activities of daily living as evaluated by our staff members, they will be transferred to our assisted living program, where 24-hour nursing care is provided. By offering different senior living options within our compound, the stress of relocation on seniors would be minimized.
Not Doing Proper Research Regarding an Assisted Living Community’s Services
A study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association revealed that while nearly half of the residents living in assisted living communities have at least three chronic health conditions, only slightly over half of the surveyed assisted living communities are staffed with a registered or licensed practical nurse. A community with little to no medical personnel would not be able to provide proper medical care for your loved ones should their health condition deteriorate at a later date. At Discovery Village At Tampa Palms, we are dedicated to providing the best medical services for our residents. Our directors have years of experience working in the fields of nursing and assisted living, and our professional health and wellness team members, in conjunction with our Medicare-certified home health agency, will conduct on-site medical and wellness checks for the residents every day.
Failing to Get Your Loved One Involved in the Decision-Making Process
More often than not, caregivers often make the decision regarding which assisted living communities to send their family members to without first consulting them. This can result in frustration on the part of your loved ones if they feel that the community is not a good match for them. At Discovery Village At Tampa Palms, we strongly encourage you to visit our website and read about what other residents have to say about their experiences at Discovery Village. We would also like to invite you and your loved ones to tour our premise and find out more about our senior living programs and amenities. We would be glad to show you both around and let your loved one experience what life is like in our community. Schedule a tour with us today!