THE ADULT CAREGIVER: WHEN IS IT TIME TO MAKE THE MOVE

What are the red flags? How do I know when it’s is time for my family member to make the move to an Assisted Living, Personal Care, or Skilled Facility? What should we look for?

When people call us at The Homeplace at Midway, we will ask some of the following questions:

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She loved her family and was an extreme University of Kentucky Wildcats fan. Mom worked at the UK Library for more than 30 years. She loved “her” UK basketball team. She had season tickets and attended every game. Mom had many life-long friends and was involved in loads of activities. She was active in her church. She loved to travel. She took cruises and toured Europe and Hawaii as well as many places in the United States. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.

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THE ADULT CAREGIVER: WHEN IS IT TIME TO MAKE THE MOVE

impossible is sometimes hard to detect, especially amidst the busy lives of the children of these aging adults. So, we talk with a lot of families about these types of things and most people are unaware of the services offered to help. There are many home-health agencies that can provide caregivers for a portion of the day. There are also great Adult Day Centers in the area, some that specialize in dementia care. Once the family makes the decision to move their loved on into a facility like the Homeplace, the caregiver can then take on a much more quality relationship with their loved one, instead of being the caregiver.


The second thing to consider, after safety, is: are there physical care needs more than the family is able to handle? Examples might be getting out of the bed or being able to feed themselves. Knowing how to make the transition and what is the right level of care becomes the golden question.


There are several levels of care that we offer and can be found through- out the area like Assisted Living, Personal Care and Skilled Nursing Care. Everyone is different in their needs. Even though we offer all levels of care at The Homeplace at Midway we want people to make the best decision for themselves and their loved one.


Oftentimes, the caregiver is ready and the elder is not. It’s hard to leave your home you’ve been in for years. Sometimes two or more siblings will have different ideas about what’s best for the parents and this can create challenges. So, finding alternatives is helpful. Consider an Adult Day Center like Best Friends, or a Personal Care facility like Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods.


For us at The Homeplace at Midway we’ve made a promise that we’ll always take care of our residents like family members. An example is one of our elders who enjoyed a bowl of ice cream before bed with her husband every night for many years; this did not go away. They continue this wonderful ritual here. The husband comes to the facility and they follow their same routine. It is important that we create the space necessary for such things and make it a pleasure to be here.


We can also help families understand financially what they can do to prepare if the facility is private pay or accepts Medicaid. Medicare helps with Skilled Nursing Care to a degree and can be of service to those in financial need. There are also resources for veterans. Talking to an elder care organization can be helpful.  Some other things you should notice are the availability and number of caregivers to residents. The Homeplace has a capacity to take care of 48 residents at a time; Bridgepointe, 72 residents. We make sure we have 75-80 full-time staff at each facility. This includes nurses, cooks, and full time support staff. This helps improve the level of care for each resident.


Finally, when considering when or if a family member should move, look for a place that has lifestyle opportunities. We host entertainers who come in and play music. We host events like St. Patty’s Day parties at the Homeplace and there are cookouts at Bridgepointe.


We encourage families to build a relationship with the facility, wherever they might choose. Here we become friends with the people for whom we care. We learn their habits, likes, and dislikes and we try to make it as much like home as possible. If you like to stay up late or get up early, it’s fine. The relationship is everything. This helps keep this next stage of life enjoyable not just functional. There are a lot of choices in the Bluegrass area to consider and if your family needs help navigating through the system we would be happy to help with those first steps.

TONYA COX, MSW, LNHA

Tonya Cox, MSW, LNHA is the Regional Executive Director with responsibility over The Homeplace at Midway, Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods and the Best Friends Adult Day Center.  She has also served as Vice President for Mission and Service for the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and for more than 20 years has been developing programs and services for persons with dementia and their caregivers, including working on national curriculum development for professional caregivers in various care settings.

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What are the red flags? How do I know when it’s is time for my family member to make the move to an Assisted Living, Personal Care, or Skilled Facility? What should we look for?


When people call us at The Homeplace at Midway, we will ask some of the following questions:



All of these concerns can have a devastating impact on loved ones and family members. We need to consider if they are unsafe living in their home. If they are still driving, has their eyesight become so questionable that they’re putting their lives and the lives of others in danger? Does their home have stairs that are presenting more and more of a challenge with each passing day? Stoves, electrical devices, yard and gardening tools: these can be added to the safety list.


We know that the incremental rate by which simple tasks become