Are you looking for a place for mom? Perhaps she is unable to live in her current house? Perhaps she can't climb stairs, prepare meals and maintain the building anymore? It is time to find an assisted care facility for mom.An assisted care facility can take care of mom's shelter, food and security. A great assisted care facility will help mom feel safe, warm and loved.I interviewed Vixcent Villaluna of Lakewood Villa and asked about finding an assisted living facility for mom.
When you start visiting assisted living facilities, you will enter an admission process. Here is what you can expect in the Lakewood Villa assisted living facility admission process:
- If your loved ones are not able to make decisions for themselves, get started on a Durable Power of Attorney. At some point, you will need this document and someone will have to make some very responsible decisions regarding your loved ones’ care.
- Look for assisted living facilities in your area. You can Google "Sacramento assisted living" or substitute whichever city is close to you.
- Call one for a tour. Meet the Administrator and the care staff in person. Make a list in advance of all your questions and concerns which they will be happy to address.
- Start the Resident Assessment Process by meeting the Administrator of the facility. He needs to be able to meet and physically see your loved ones, so he can evaluate their physical condition, mental state, medication and medical history. The assessment process is an important step in determining if your loved ones are a good fit for the facility, and the assistewd living facility is a good fit for them.
- You have to be open and honest about all the background information you are providing regarding your loved ones. The Administrator wants to make sure his assisted living facility really is a good fit and that what mom needs...is within what he can provide..
- The Assessment Process is a very, very important step in the whole admissions process. You should make sure the facility Administrator does a thorough assessment up front or you could be in for a big surprise down the road.
- If you and the Administrator decide that his facility is the right place for your loved ones, you will determine the move-in date. Prior to move-in, he briefs you on some of the important papers he would need upon admission:
- Physician’s Report (LIC 602A). The California Department of Community Care Licensing actually mandates all care home facilities to have this upon admitting a resident. That particular physician’s report form must be completed and signed by their physician. It documents the loved one’s physical condition, mental condition and TB-clearance (tuberculosis). Your loved one has to be clear of TB before spending the first night at an asssited living facility.
- Emergency Contact Form. This details the family emergency contacts. Who do they call in case of emergency? Who is the primary care doctor? Which hospital do you prefer mom to go to in case of emergency?
- Admissions Agreement form. This includes a description of all items and services included in the basic rate, facility policies and procedures, conditions for termination of the agreement, a copy of residents’ rights specified by law or regulation.
- You also need to have their medications in place. Most facilities request at least a two-week supply of your loved one’s medications the minute they walk into the facility.
Lakewood Villa is a premier residential care facility offering senior care and assisted living in Sacramento, California. Although many assisted living facilities are in Sacramento, you probably want a place for mom where she can feel safe, warm and loved. Lakewood Villa has staff onsite 24/7 to provide the assisted senior living and senior care to make mom comfortable in the Autumn of her days. Call (916) 682-2867 for a tour of our residential care facility.
Vixcent Villaluna of Lakewood Villa, http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ and (916) 682-2867 contributed to this article.