Assess you needs!

Here are some of the areas that you should think about when considering the type of housing that will best suit your needs.

  1. COST: What can you afford? Are you getting subsidies from sources like social security, previous employers, family members? Do you need a place where good living and better lifestyle is affordable?
  2. LOCATION: Do you need a location that is near relatives or friends?  Do you need a place in your home country where you would feel at home? Do you need a location where there are a variety of activities that you could be involved in?
  3. CARE SERVICES: What are your care needs? Do you need minimal assistance? Do you have a medical or mobility condition that requires more care attention, like Alzheimer's, for example?
  4. ROOM TYPE: Are you going to live by yourself? Do you have a friend or spouse that will move with you, and if so, are your care needs similar?
  5. MEALS: What type of dishes do you prefer ( Filipino, American, Chinese, Japanese)? Do you have special dietary needs? Can friends or family bring meals in? Do you need help eating?
  6. ACTIVITIES: How physically fit or active are you? Do you want to maintain or improve your physical fitness through exercise and does the facility offer this? Are there planned activities like shopping, movies or visits to local venues of interest? Are you near a mall, gym or recreation center?
  7. AMENITIES: What would make you feel at home? Do you want your laundry and housekeeping done for you? Do you want a place to garden or do some kind of project?
  8. PERSONAL SERVICES: Do you need help with bathing, dressing, toilet, mobility, eating, taking medications or other activities of daily living? The extent to which you require these services may determine the type of residence that most suits your needs. Is there any indication that your needs could change in the near future, and will this affect where you live?
  9. POSSESSIONS: How much of your personal possessions do you want to take with you to your new residence? Can the new place accommodate what you want to bring?
  10. PRIVACY: Do you have a bedroom/suite with a lockable door? What level of privacy would you prefer? (do they close doors when helping residents change or bathe?). All bedrooms have lockable doors. The resident's health condition could be a reason not to lock the doors.
  11. DISCHARGE POLICIES: Under what conditions may a resident stay in a facility and what terms or conditions could cause the resident to be discharged? Who decides?
  12. QUALITY OF CARE: Does the facility have a policy that outlines their commitment to the resident?
  13. RULES OR RESTRICTIONS: Can you have a pet? Can you smoke?Can you have alcohol? Can you cook? Can you have a guest in some circumstances? Can you visit your hometown or go out of town when the need arises?
  14. SECURITY: Does the level of security provided make you feel assured of your safety?

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