Assisted living facilities provide residents with personal care and some medical services. This makes a move to assisted living different from a move to a private residence. Working with the facility’s administrators on health and medical factors will be an essential part of the move to assisted living.
Complete required forms and tests
All assisted living facilities require potential residents to submit the results of a TB test ⓘAdministered as a skin or blood test, a TB test checks to see if you have been infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB)., which can be completed at many pharmacies, and a physician referral form. The name of this form will vary by state, but it will typically include information about the level of care a resident needs, including diagnoses, current medications, and immunizations. Some facilities may also require a negative COVID-19 test prior to move-in.
In addition to these tests, the staff of most assisted living facilities will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the level of care each resident needs. This evaluation, which usually occurs before or shortly after the resident moves into the facility, determines the level of assistance a resident needs with activities of daily living (ADLs) ⓘActivities of daily living, also called ADLs, are activities related to necessary personal care. These include bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, walking, and transferring in and out of a bed or chair., like bathing or dressing. It will also detail which medications need to be administered to the resident and take into account any other needs like physical therapy.
Communicate needs and preferences to the assisted living staff
In addition to the physician referral form, which will help to communicate medical needs to the staff, it’s a good idea to share hobbies and personal interests with assisted living staff. This will help the staff match you or someone you care for with social activities most beneficial to their social and emotional health.
Coordinate with health care providers
Assisted living facilities are typically staffed by certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and some may have a registered nurse (RN) or licensed professional nurse (LPN) on staff. Some assisted living facilities may offer weekly or monthly on-site access to medical professionals, including geriatricians, pharmacists, psychiatrists, and physical therapists.
You or someone you care for may also choose to receive care from a health care provider outside the facility. In this case, you’ll need to coordinate transportation to and from appointments. You’ll also need to ensure your health care providers can easily communicate medical updates to the assisted living staff.
Transfer any medical records and prescriptions
If your move to assisted living involves switching to a new health care provider or pharmacist, coordinate with staff at the facility to transfer all necessary medical records and prescriptions. Most assisted living facilities will require all medication prescriptions to be transferred to the facility’s preferred pharmacy.