Tips for Choosing an Assisted Living Home
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. These facilities also offer 24/7 security, health care access, fitness programs, recreation and social opportunities.
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 start? Explore the different assisted living communities in your desired area, creating a shortlist. Then call each one and ask for an appointment. You may have to set aside time for this, but you will have peace of mind, knowing that your loved one is in a happy and safe community.
While going through your options, use the following as a guide:
Let’s begin with the staff members. They absolutely have to be well-trained, but that is usually a given. What usually makes the difference is their attitude. Choose a community where the staff are compassionate and have and genuine.
Aside from having well-trained and sincere staff, an assisted living facility should have enough staff members on hand to meet all the residents’ needs. No matter how warm and trained they are, they will never be good enough if they are not enough in number.
Written Care Plan
Find out if the residents in a facility you’re considering have a written care plan each. 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 have aged doesn’t mean their needs are confined to the physical. Just like the rest of us, they also need such things as entertainment, a social life and even spiritual guidance. Look for a place where all such things are part of the community.
There can be a million other things to check when choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one, but remember to consider the basics. Check the kitchen, for example. It has to be clean, period. Try visiting at mealtime so you’ll see real time action. Call buttons are another basic requirements. There should be enough.
You can also spend time in the outdoor area and observe the residents’ interactions. You can get insights into how they feel about the facility just by the way they talk to each other.
Before you choose an assisted living facility for a loved one, be sure to compare at least two or three options beforehand. With no point of reference, it’s illogical to consider one particular facility as the best.