Assisted living facilities are growing like wildflowers in many communities. What do they offer, and how can you talk with your veteran about considering one?
Assisted living facilities are housing for elderly or disabled people that provides some level of assistance, but not total care. This assistance may include meals, housekeeping and help with daily activities like bathing, as well as nursing care, such as disease or medication management. Assisted living also provides safety and security 24 hours a day, opportunities for socialization, local transportation to nearby stores and doctors’ offices, and entertainment.
Before you talk with your veteran about potentially moving to assisted living, do a little homework. This conversation is not easy. Knowing the details about assisted living facility options before you talk is helpful.
Once you have an idea of what you want to discuss with the veteran, it’s time to plan how to have the conversation.
After your veteran moves into a facility, help personalize the space. Decorate with the veteran’s favorite possessions and throw a housewarming party with friends. That way the veteran will see this as a transition, not as the end of a portion of life. Also, attend a few activities and meals with your veteran to help him or her break the ice as the newcomer. Finally, offer to act on the veteran’s behalf for anything he or she needs from the facility, like requesting modifications to the apartment or the staff who are assigned to help.
Nancy Kupka PhD, RN is an experienced caregiver who enjoys sharing her knowledge with aging veterans and their families alike. She serves as Manager of Clinical Program and Quality for Walgreens, where you can find an array of home health products like lift chairs to help assist your disabled veteran stay mobile.
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