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Jacklyn Atiyeh, Executive Director, Heather Glen Senior Living

Brianna Clauser, Luther Crest Senior Living Facility

Steven Goodman, Ascend Hospice and Palliative Care

The June 2nd Elder Care Panel Discussion provided insight and answers to many questions surrounding choosing the right type of care of our elderly loved ones. Below are key takeaways from June 2nd.

Seek the advice of legal counsel before acting on the behalf of an aging loved one.

The type of care required varies by individual needs. Many facilities offer all, starting with assisted living, which can progress up to skilled care.

When choosing a facility, ask for references from the facility and residents. Tour the facility yourself and utilize all your senses when doing so. Is it a quiet, peaceful place? Are they sufficiently staffed? Does the facility smell clean?

Great Facilities offer varying types of group activities. Consider the interests of your loved one and choose a facility that offers likeminded activities.

Hospice and Palliative Care is the choice of the patient, not the facility. Take time to explore them as they are not all alike. For more information on Hospice and Palliative Care, speak to Forum member Steve Goodman for sound advice.