By Jay Deratany, Founder of Deratany Law Firm and Writer
Finding the right place for you or a family member to spend the golden years can be a challenging task. It’s unfortunate that not all homes are created equal, and there are some that can actually put residents at risk.
As you do your research, visit potential homes, consider your options with your family, and keep these important aspects in mind.
One of the most important things to consider is the location of a potential home. The closer it is to family members and friends, the better. While you certainly hope that you or your loved one will form relationships with other residents, visits from family can’t be overstated.
While a weekly 100-mile drive may not seem like a big deal, you have to think about how realistic that will be in the long run. The farther the home is from family, the more challenging frequent visits will be. Don’t forget to consider emergencies – if there’s an unexpected incident in the middle of the night, do you really want to be a two-hour drive from the home?
Now that many families are scattered throughout the country, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which siblings’ home a parent’s nursing home should be closest to. I recommend choosing the person who will have the most availability to provide company and support.