Preparing for a move to an assisted living facility can be a daunting task. However, ensuring your senior loved one’s health is safeguarded and that they receive the care they need is crucial in this process. Vaccinations, TB tests, and chest X-rays are essential steps for admission to a new living environment in the community. Reaching out to a placement consultant on our team will help launch the search for living options and review the needed testing so that you can plan with the healthcare provider to provide required vaccinations and tests.

Vaccinations – Prior to moving into an assisted living facility, a senior must be up-to-date with their vaccinations, including the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine. The flu vaccine is recommended annually, while the pneumonia vaccine is given once every five years. Some facilities may also require the shingles vaccine. Additionally, some childhood vaccines need to be updated. Make sure to talk with your placement consultant who will provide information about the list of required vaccinations.

TB Test – A tuberculosis (TB) test is also necessary before a senior moves into an assisted living facility. This test ensures that the senior is not carrying the disease, which can spread easily in a communal living environment. There are two types of TB tests: the skin test and blood test. The skin test involves injecting a small amount of TB antigen under the skin to check for a reaction, while the blood test is a newer method that checks for TB antibodies. The placement consultant will advise you on which type of test is required.

Chest X-Ray – A chest X-ray is also part of the health screening that seniors must undergo before moving into an assisted living facility. This procedure checks the lungs for any abnormalities, such as lung cancer, tuberculosis, and pneumonia. The chest X-ray usually takes around 15 minutes to complete and is a painless procedure.

Preparing for the Requirements – The first step in preparing for the vaccinations, TB test, and chest X-ray is to consult with your Answers for Senior Care Placement Consultant or Care Manager. They will review the requirements and provide guidance on what the senior needs to do to prepare for the new community. It’s crucial to have all these completed documents provided to the assisted living facility at least two weeks before the move-in date.

Let’s review your needs and get started on the process today. Our Placement Consultants and Care Managers are available to answer any and all questions. We can be reached at Phil.Hotaling@AnswersForSeniorCare.com.