Choosing the right care community for various short and long-term care options can seem overwhelming. Whether you are seeking outpatient rehabilitation for yourself or post-acute care for a loved one, South Coast Post Acute understands the decisions you face.
Begin Your Search for a Care Community
Discuss the type of services your loved one needs with his or her physician. Obtain a list of area care centers offering those services from your doctor. You can also get recommendations from friends, neighbors and your church. Look at the websites of these communities . . . look for online video tours and testimonials from residents/family members of the community. Then schedule a tour.
When you take the tour of the community be sure to request introductions with the heads of departments such as nursing, social services and administration. Reserve your questions of pricing until you’ve completed the tour. Price considerations will be better understood once you’ve seen what the community has to offer.
As you tour the community, it is highly encouraged that you bring a notebook. This enables you to write down details your tour guide might share that are important. Most importantly, use all five senses when touring the building . . . Sight, Taste, Smell, Touch and Sound.
After the Tour
When you complete your tour, spend a few minutes with the admissions director. Address any pricing questions you have. Finally, all communities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs are surveyed and rated annually to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. Inquire about the community’s survey results and related CMS rating.
Making the Decision: Choosing the Right Care Community
Consider everything you experienced, from the five senses test to the friendliness of the person who gave you the tour. Go over the notes you took during your tour and compare the benefits, services and amenities that each facility has to offer and the financial requirements necessary. You’ll also want to consider the building locations, taking into account the travel times of those who would be most likely to visit your loved one.
Finally, remember to review the information you’ve gathered with the loved one who will be living at the community, your family and any other important individuals who need to be a part of this decision. Ultimately, choosing the right community is a decision that can only be made by you, and South Coast Post Acute hopes you are able to find us the right community for you or your loved one.