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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. 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. Therefore, you have to do some research and look through your options thoroughly.

How to start? 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:

Staff

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.

Staff-to-Resident Ratio

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. Regardless of their good attitude or training, they will never be enough if their numbers are not enough.

Written Care Plan

Find out if the residents in a facility you’re considering have a written care plan each. No care plan means some needs may remain unknown and hence unmet.

Adaptability

It is also important to know whether or not a facility can take care of your loved one’s future needs. Obviously, the facility you choose should be able to address them.

Holistic Environment

Just because they’re old doesn’t mean their needs have become purely physical. Like the most of us, they also need to be entertained, to socialize and to receive spiritual guidance. Choose a place where your loved one’s needs will be met on all fronts.

Other Considerations

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 has to be clean, period. 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 a few minutes in the outdoor area watching the residents interact with one another. 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. You can’t say a certain facility is the best if you don’t have any point of reference.

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