Things to Consider When Evaluating Care Options

Last night, PBS aired “Life and Death in Assisted Living,” a Frontline investigative report on the assisted living industry. At AGE of Central Texas, we are saddened by any reports of abuse and neglect of older adults in the care of others.

We want to urge families that are or may soon be in the process of considering care options for a family member, or that may already have a loved one in a long-term care community, to consider and research carefully the care options and facilities for older adults.

Where do you start?

  1. Ask for help. The process of deciding what is the best option for your family is not always easy, and there are resources available that can help you talk through your needs and wants and answer your questions.
  2. Learn about the varying care options available for aging adults-from adult day centers, independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes-and weigh the appropriate level of care you or your loved one needs now, and may need in the future.
  3. Research the program or community you are considering and its policies for admissions and care.
    1. Ask questions. Checklists with lists of questions to help you get the answers you need are available from Elder Law Answers and AARP.
    2. Visit several times, and at different times of the day. Talk with different staff members, residents, and family members.
    3. Check with your local Long-Term Care Ombudsman. These officials can offer information on any citations against a facility, additional checklists, and answer any additional questions you may have.
    4. Request inspection results from nursing homes from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services or Medicare.

We can help.

AGE’s Caregiver Information and Resources Center is a place to start. We have a wealth of information on different options and communities available locally. We have staff who will listen to your needs and help point you and your family in the right direction to find a solution that works for you. We can also refer you to local care managers who help seniors and families research, select, and manage the best care providers for their unique situation and needs.

AGE responds to over 1,500 requests for assistance from seniors and caregivers each year, and our resource service is free to seniors and families.

If you need a starting point, please call 512-461-4511.


Deputy Director of Programs

One thought on “Things to Consider When Evaluating Care Options

  1. I agree.
    Considering care options for a family member is a great decision to make. Starting the process is also hard because you don’t know where to start.This post provides a good start and direction to those who are or will be in the process of looking for more care services and options. In addition to this post, you might also consider long term care insurance as early as possible. Getting quotes to these companies are usually available online.

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