Assisted living are for seniors who need help with certain individual needs – for example, medication reminders, personal mobility, etc. – but want to maintain their general independence. Also offered in such facilities are health care services (emergency and non-emergency), health and fitness programs, social activities, recreation, and more.
We all want the best assisted living community for our ourselves and our senior loved ones, but not all of these places are the same. Therefore, you have to do some research and look through your options thoroughly.
How to begin? Check out the different assisted living communities in your target area and create a shortlist. Then give each one a call and request an appointment. You may need to adjust your schedule for this, but knowing that your loved one is in a joyful and safe place is always worth the effort.
While going through your options, use the following as a guide:
Let’s begin with the staff members. They certainly need to be well-trained, but you might consider that a given. Usually, what really spells the difference is their attitude. Pick a community in which the staff are compassionate and genuinely want to help seniors.
Besides being well-trained and sincere, an assisted living facility’s staff should have enough people caring for all the residents. Regardless of their training or attitude, they can never be good enough if they are not enough in number to begin with.
Written Care Plan
See if the residents in a facility you’re considering has their own written care plan. If not, some of their needs may remain unidentified and thus unmet.
It is important to check whether a facility will be able to handle the future needs of your loved one. Definitely, you should go with a facility that is prepared to address them.
Just because they’re old doesn’t mean their needs have become purely physical. Just like the rest of us, they also need such things as entertainment, a social life and even spiritual guidance. Choose a place where your loved one’s needs will be met on all fronts.
There could be innumerable other considerations for choosing an assisted living facility, but make sure the basics are covered. Check the kitchen, for example. It should be clean, and the service should be good. Try visiting at mealtime so you’ll see real time action. Another basic is call buttons. The facility should have enough.
You can also sit around the outdoor area, observing how the residents communicate with each other. Just by looking at them as a group, you will indications of whether they are happy or not in the facility
Before choosing an assisted living community for a loved one, make sure you have compared at least two or three options. Without any point of reference, you cannot accurately say that any facility is the best.