Group Home Tour & Questions
When looking for a group home, be sure to tour the facilities. Some questions you should ask are:
What are the costs per month and what services does that cover?
What level of care can they provide?
What kind of training has the staff had?
For example, did they receive training in handling Alzheimer patients? If your parent requires a restricted diet because of food allergies or other conditions, can they accommodate her.
Are pets allowed?
What type of activities are done with the residents?
Is transportation offered?
How will they coordinate services with hospice? For example, some facilities prefer to shower their own residents and do not want hospice to take care of that.
Also talk with the residents because they will give you a feel for what living at the facility is like on a daily basis. Check with the state to see if there have been any complaints filed against the home.
Group homes offer the best of both worlds. Your loved one can live in a home environment, but she can also receive assistance with bathing, eating and other health care needs. It can also give you the peace of mind to know that your mom is being cared for 24 hours a day.