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.
While we all want to give our loved ones the best assisted living conditions, not all of these facilities are created equal. Hence, it’s a must to research and examine your options so you can indeed find the best.
How to begin? Explore the different assisted living communities in your desired area, creating a shortlist. Then set an appointment with each one so you can personally make a visit. You will have to spend time for this, but the peace of mind of knowing that your loved one is in a happy and safe place is more than worth it.
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. Their attitude is often what spells the difference. Go with a community with compassionate staff who have a genuine desire to help the elderly.
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
Find out if the residents in a facility you’re considering have a written care plan each. If not, some of their needs may remain unidentified and thus unmet.
It is important to know as well if a facility can manage your senior loved one’s needs in the future. Of course, you have to choose a facility that is well-prepared.
Just because they have aged doesn’t mean their needs are confined to the physical. Like us, they also need socialization, entertainment and spiritual food. Find a place where all of these things are present.
There could be innumerable other considerations for choosing an assisted living facility, but make sure the basics are covered. For instance, the kitchen. It should be clean, and the service should be good. Visit at mealtime so you’ll catch the action. Another basic 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 as a group, you will indications of whether they are happy or not in the facility
When choosing an assisted living community for a loved one, be sure to consider at least two or three options and make comparisons. With no point of reference, it’s illogical to consider one particular facility as the best.