Tips for Choosing an Assisted Living Home
Assisted living facilities are meant for seniors who are mainly independent but need help with certain daily individual needs, like bathing, mobility or medication reminders. 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. Hence, it’s a must to research and examine your options so you can indeed find the best.
How do you begin? Explore the different assisted living communities in your desired area, creating 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.
As you examine each of your options, keep the following in mind:
Let’s start with the members of the staff. They have to be well-trained, but that’s a given. What usually makes the difference is their attitude. Pick a community in which the staff are compassionate and genuinely want to help seniors.
On top of good training and sincerity, assisted living staff should also have enough care providers for all the residents. Regardless of their good attitude or training, they will never be enough if their numbers are not enough.
Written Care Plan
See if the residents in a facility you’re considering has their own written care plan. If not, they may have unidentified and therefore unmet needs.
It is important to check whether a facility will be able to handle the future needs of your loved one. Of course, you have to choose a facility that is well-prepared.
Just because they’re old doesn’t mean their needs have become purely physical. Like us, they also need socialization, entertainment and spiritual food. Look for a place where all such things are part of the community.
There can be countless other things to look into when selecting an assisted living facility for a loved one, but don’t neglect the basics. For example, the kitchen. It should be clean, and the service should be good. Try visiting at mealtime so you’ll see real time action. Another essential is call buttons. There must be enough all over the facility.
You can also spend time in the outdoor area and observe the residents’ interactions. Just by looking at them talking to each other, you will somehow gauge if they’re happy in the facility.
Before choosing an assisted living community for a loved one, make sure you have compared at least two or three options. With no point of reference, it’s illogical to consider one particular facility as the best.