Choosing the Right Senior Residential Living
Figuring out how to find the best-assisted living facility for your loved one can take some time. When evaluating your choices, compare factors like staff friendliness, amenities, and overall culture. Be prepared with cost, care plan, and general lifestyle questions to ask assisted living tour guides and staff to help facilitate the process.
Follow these simple steps and use our checklist of questions for assisted living that fits your senior loved one’s specific needs.
Assisted living services typically include options of personal care services such as medication reminders, dressing and bathing assistance, and transportation. Some even offer daily pet care services.
Get to know caregivers and staff:
If possible, observe one-on-one interactions between staff and residents to assess staff compassion, friendliness, and patience. Be sure to also ask about staff accreditation, background, and training.
Feel for the community’s culture, programming, and amenities:
Choosing the right assisted living facility depends on your senior loved one’s hobbies and personality, as well as how the community can support and engage them. Seniors who are intellectually engaged generally feel happier and experience lower rates of stress and cognitive decline, according to the National Institute on Aging.
Types of Facilities – Long-Term Care and Short-Term
Verify the staff has experience managing any health condition your senior loved one may have. Then, look toward the future: Can the community adapt if your loved one’s needs change? Reach an understanding of how often staff members reevaluate care plans.
Select the Best Senior Living Option
Finally, after touring several communities, it’s time to decide. After your tours, you may have a gut instinct about which is the best option. If not, think about what’s most important to you and make your decision based on that.
Lastly, consider what will happen if your senior loved one eventually requires more care than they do now. Ask about the facility’s licensure, as well as the move-out process and any associated fees.