When it comes to moving a loved one into assisted living, the process can feel overwhelming. You may have questions about what long-term care options are available, how much it costs, and whether their health needs will be met. These are all important questions to address, but before considering a move, it is essential to understand the role of a physician’s assessment. This is a crucial step in determining whether a move to assisted living is necessary, and what services your loved one may require. In this article, we will explain what a physician’s assessment entails, why it is beneficial, and what you can expect.

Why a Physician’s Assessment is Necessary:
A physician’s assessment is necessary because it helps evaluate the overall health of your loved one. The doctor will conduct a physical examination, review medical history, assess any chronic conditions, and identify any cognitive or functional impairments. This information is essential in determining what type of long-term care services would best meet your loved one’s needs. It is also beneficial because it helps the physician create a care plan and recommendations for staff at the assisted living facility.

What to Expect During the Assessment:
During the assessment, the physician will ask your loved one questions about their medical history, medications they are taking, and any chronic conditions they may have. The doctor will also discuss their daily activities, any mobility issues, and review their cognitive functioning. The physician may also perform a physical examination and neurological assessment to evaluate their balance, strength, grip, and reflexes, depending on their health history. The assessment may also involve testing to evaluate cognitive function and the ability to perform various activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and grooming.

Benefits of a Physician’s Assessment:
A physician’s assessment benefits the individual, their family members, and the assisted living facility, as it provides clarity on the overall health of the individual, what long-term care is needed, and any support services that may benefit them. It also provides peace of mind to family members that their loved one will receive the care and attention they need. The assessment ensures that the individual’s medical and personal care is customized to meet their specific needs, ensuring that they are receiving the highest quality of care.

Navigating the Move to Assisted Living:
Once the physician has evaluated your loved one’s overall health, they will make recommendations for the level of care that would best meet their needs. If the physician recommends assisted living, the family can work with one of our placement consultants to find the right facility that meets the needs of their loved one. Moving to assisted living can be a difficult and emotional process for seniors, so it is essential to ensure that they feel comfortable and supported through the transition. Creating a plan for the move, including packing and personalized touches in the new living quarters, can make the move more comfortable.

Please reach out and let us know how we can help with the process. Not all facilities require a physician’s assessment but it’s a good idea to have one done in advance to make reserving a room possible in cases where facilities are nearing capacity. Our team includes geriatric care managers who can review the medical concerns and help your family make a holistic plan for short- and long-term care needs. It’s not just about the move to a new location but also about the ongoing care and health of your loved one. Even with the care provided in assisted living having a care manager who visits them, monitors care, attends physician’s appointment, communicates with family, and advocates for the aging person’s unique care needs will provide peace of mind for the older adult and the family. Our full-service practice is ready to help you now! Contact us at Phil.Hotaling@AnswersForSeniorCare.com today to discuss your family’s needs!