It’s so important to a family and their loved ones to find the perfect fit when it comes to choosing an assisted living community. There is a wide variety of options and living styles available, and it can be daunting to try to find the best one. Preferences are just as varied. While some individuals prefer a big city or an urban setting, others may prefer being in a smaller, hometown setting. There are other factors to take into consideration as well, such as activities, fitness classes and social events. Here are some considerations to make when evaluating your options in assisted living facilities.
It is important your loved one feels at home in their community. Ask the representative if there are specific features your loved one might enjoy, such as allowing pets or providing a space to tend a garden. Can personal photos be hung in rooms or senior apartments? The facility should not have a clinical or hospital look; it should have a comforting appearance.
Good food is one of the most important qualities of an assisted living facility. It should be food that can be enjoyed in a relaxed, social setting. It’s also imperative family and friends be allowed in the dining area, especially for activities and events. Does the facility serve seasonal meals for residents? Do they host holiday parties and traditional meals, such as Thanksgiving dinner? The food served should be tasty and of the highest quality so your loved one can enjoy it.
An assisted living community should have a variety of activities for residents to choose from. There should be a little bit of everything so your loved one can be engaged in something they enjoy. Activities should range from those designed for quiet, artsy types, as well as those who are adventurous and outgoing. This can be everything from gardening or arts and crafts to walking, hiking or working out in a fitness center. Many facilities also offer trips to local sites or eateries for those who are interested. Residents should feel encouraged to participate in the types of activities they enjoy.
You want to feel like your loved one is in a safe and clean environment. This includes more than just their personal space. The buildings should have a clean appearance in every area, including hallways, entryways and activity centers. A clean facility is a sign of a staff that cares. Are the rooms and halls designed to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs comfortably and safely? Are there conveniently located call buttons in case a resident does fall or needs assistance?