Finding the Right Assisted Living Community for Your Parent(s) or Loved One
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Are you looking for an assisted living community for your parents? Do you want your parents to live a rich and fulfilled life and not worry they are left sitting in front of a TV with little to no attention?
The main consideration should be your parents’ needs and wishes, but one of the first questions should be, do they want to be more independent, or will they need a little extra help and care?
Keep reading to learn some tips on what to look for when the time comes for an assisted living community that will give your parents the best life possible.
Do In-Depth Research
Not all assisted living communities are made the same so before you decide on one, do in-depth research both online and offline. Read reviews, ask for recommendations, and trust your intuition. Visit as many places as possible so you can compare the quality, services, and prices.
Take a Tour of the Apartments
The best assisted living communities will want to show you the apartments they have available as well as take you on a tour of the community. Pay attention to the cleanliness, condition of the furniture, amenities in the rooms, quality of the food served, and whether the apartment or room is suitable for your parent’s needs.
Be sure to tour the common areas such as the courtyard, dining room, lounge, and any other places you’d like to see. Ask questions and write down things you’d like to remember or that grab your attention.
Pay Attention to the Cleanliness
Cleanliness and sanitation are extremely important when looking for a quality assisted senior living community. Weekly housekeeping and cleaning of each apartment should be included; however, regular sanitation of common areas and the entire building should also be included.
If your parent requires more frequent cleaning, talk to the staff about their needs. Making sure your parent receives excellent care is a priority, especially if they have health issues.
Talk to the Staff and Team of Nurses
Though amenities and activities are important factors, one of the most important factors to look into are staff and nurses. They make or break the overall quality of care in an assisted living community. It’s essential to find a community with kind, compassionate, well-educated, and licensed nurses who have the patience and experience to handle any kind of health condition or situation.
Ask About Activities, Amenities, and Shops
The best assisted living facilities also focus on the quality of life for each of their residents. This means access to hobbies, social events, daily activities, amenities, and transportation services to and from doctor’s appointments.
When visiting the assisted living community, ask to see a calendar of activities to get a feel of what to expect. Take into consideration your parents’ interests and needs. For example, if your mom loves gardening, see if they have a garden or a greenhouse.
If Possible, Bring Your Parent with You
If your parent is able, take them with you when visiting different senior assisted living communities. After all, they’ll be spending their days there, so they need to see if they like it before moving in.
Finding the Right Assisted Living Community for Your Parents Is Easy with These Tips
If you put your parents’ needs first while looking in-depth into the services and amenities offered, you will be in the best position to make the right choice when selecting the right assisted living community for your mom or dad.
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