Find out who the caregivers are. This is difficult in a large facility because staff is spread around the building and turnover is frequent. In a small care home the owner is usually the primary caregiver.
HINT: You’re not renting a room, you’re hiring caregiver. Find out who will be taking care of the person needing care.
Location is important for your convenience, but the person needing care must live in the chosen home or facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
HINT: Don’t prioritize location over quality of care. Many neighborhoods located in close-in SE, NE, SW & NW Portland contain very few care homes.
It’s very difficult to find a home or facility where the person needing care will be certain of making friends.
HINT: Finding a proper care setting is the highest priority. Don’t choose a home or facility because of the imagined sociability of current residents.
Activities can be important outlets for seniors. Hands-on activities such as arts and crafts or discussions groups about current events are the most beneficial.
HINT: Plan to observe scheduled activities for content and participation, but remember that quality of care always takes precedence in importance over activities.
Try not to place too much importance on guaranteeing that this move will be the last move the person needing care makes.
HINT: The current move must meet the current needs. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess what the future will bring.
Don’t underestimate the extent of the care needed. Even the most knowledgeable professional may believe the person needing care is functioning at a higher level than others observed in a variety of care settings.
HINT: Be realistic. The person needing care is dependent on you to choose the proper setting where those needs will be met.
Do your homework and check out the critical information about care homes and facilities that is available to the public.
HINT: Contact the Oregon State Long Term Care Ombudsman’s office at 800-522-2602. Call 971-673-5100 to schedule an appointment to view public disclosure files of surveys and complaint investigations of homes and facilities in Washington County. For Clackamas County, call 971-673-6600 to schedule an appointment to view the files. Multnomah County files are located at 4610 SE Belmont St., Suite #10, in Portland. No appointment is needed to review the files.
Contact Rick Davison or Jan Sanders at 503-288-0686 to start the process of locating the best available care resources. Services are free of charge. We have been helping people locate appropriate care resources for seniors and people with disabilities since 1985.