That is one of the hardest gut-wrenching decisions we have to make as children of parents who are declining in their ability to function independently. Since most elderly people want to stay in their own home until they die, and some may have made you promise you would never put them anywhere else, this becomes an even more agonizing decision to face.
Some families wait too long to make a move to enjoy a better quality of life. Some try to piece meal the problem because of the push back they receive or the guilt they feel or just wanting to avoid the decision to move. It is often at the expense of a better quality of life. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard, “I wish we would have done this sooner” or “I have only fallen a few times”!
Look beyond decor and style to the feeling and “heart” of a place. Everyone knows that bad smells may not be a good sign. On the other hand, a state of the art facility doesn’t necessarily translate into good care. Look for happy residents, staff attitudes, resident appearances and the overall feel of the place. More important than ornamental style is the experience, quality of care and services provided for the assisted living care needed. Chances are that when you choose a well established home with an excellent reputation your fears are put to rest.