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Avamere Transitional Care and Rehab - Boise
1001 South Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83705


Lanphier Associates job 984, AVA003 at the Pearl, Lake Oswego OrFinding the Right Care

Whether you are the child of an aging adult or you yourself require compassionate skilled nursing or rehabilitative care, there are a multitude of factors to consider when choosing the right level of care.

For children of aging adults, there is a list of questions that need to be answered about the current state of your parent’s health when considering the type of care they may need. Below is a convenient list of Frequently Asked Questions and some potential answers. Remember, every person’s needs are unique, so use this as a guide and visit with us in person for a more comprehensive assessment of your parent’s needs.

Caring for Aging Parents FAQ

  • Mobility, Can my aging parent move around easily and keep up with activities of daily living i.e. eating, dressing, using the restroom, and the like?
  • Nutrition, Can my aging parent prepare meals? And do they regularly?
  • Hygiene, Can my aging parent take care of his/her personal needs including bathing, shaving, and dressing?
  • Housekeeping, Can my aging parent keep us with household chores, such as vacuuming, cleaning, laundry, and changing linens?
  • Toileting, Are my aging parents able to use the toilet without physical assistance on a regular basis?
  • Medications, Does my aging parent know when and how to take each medication?
  • Mental Status–Does my aging parent have the mental capacity to reason and organize daily events?
  • Behavioral Status, Can my aging parent cope with feelings of depression, anger, or fear? Are you sure their actions pose no physical danger to them or others?

Caring for Yourself

The above questions are equally important to consider if you suddenly require varying levels of assistance with activities of daily living, or need rehabilitation after a fall or surgery. Additional questions must be addressed when you begin to actively search out senior care facilities.

  • Do you want a long-term care facility that has a flexible schedule or one that is more structured?
  • Do you want to stay geographically near family and friends?
  • Do you want a skilled nursing facility that offers recreational activities and social programs?
  • Would you prefer a skilled nursing facility that provides transportation to doctors, shopping, and other places?

There are also a number of factors to consider beyond searching out the amenities associated with senior care homes, such as does the facility offer a continuum of care so you can age in place while having the varying levels of care available to you?

Other senior care questions to consider:

  • What are the financial considerations I need to make?
  • Does the senior care facility accept Medicaid, private insurance, Medicare?
  • Which hospital systems in the area does the senior care facility partner with, if any?
  • What is the rating of the facility?
  • Are there rooms available, or do I have to be on a waiting list?
  • If so, what are my senior care options while on the waiting list?

 When considering the next step in your life, it is important to know all of your options – from the level of care you may need to the amenities that are right for you.