Looking for Assisted Living? Level of Care and Affordability Are the Top Factors

May 11th, 2017 by John Wilson

The United States is home to more than 22,000 senior living facilities. Oklahoma has a disproportionately high number of facilities considering our state’s population. That is actually a good thing for you as a consumer! While it is wonderful to have options, it can also make it tougher to choose a winner. Here are three things to consider as you look for the ideal assisted living property for your aging loved one.

What Level of Care Does Your Loved One Really Need?

On one end of the senior living spectrum, you will find 50-plus communities that offer minimal care and instead are designed to enable seniors to easily socialize with people in their age range. On the other end of the spectrum, you will find skilled nursing facilities that provide the highest level of nursing care for complex health issues. In the middle, you’ll find assisted living facilities. These promote independent living but provide assistance as needed with such things as bathing, medication management, transportation and daily living tasks seniors find difficult. Staff at the best assisted living facilities do a great job of knowing when to step in to help and when to allow residents to do it themselves.

There are many amenities at the best assisted living centers.

The best assisted living centers offer a number of amenities.

How Much Can You Afford and How Much Do You Want to Spend?

Budget is a huge factor in any housing decision, including senior living. One good rule of thumb is to calculate how much your loved one pays to live independently, including a mortgage or rent, taxes, utilities, food, maintenance and other factors. Then, calculate all available financial resources, such as benefits, insurance and investments. Use this information to formulate a budget. This will help you narrow down your search. Even if you think your budget is tiny, you may be surprised to discover there is quality, affordable assisted living in OKC.

What Amenities Are Most Important to Your Loved One?

Is your loved one incredibly social? Look for a facility that emphasizes group outings and social events. Does your loved one love to be outside in nature? Look for a facility with peaceful, pretty grounds and walking paths. Is your loved one a foodie? Sample the offerings at various facilities’ dining rooms. There is no one-size-fits-all ideal for every senior!

If you are looking for quality senior housing and feel disillusioned by the often exorbitant cost of assisted living, do not lose hope. High-quality, affordable assisted living in OKC does in fact exist in the Sooner state – Village at Oakwood is proof of that! Our residents and their families regularly tell us they’re thrilled to have found what they are confident is one of the best assisted living facilities in the country. Their praise inspires us to continue doing what we love to do and do well: ensuring seniors’ golden years are healthy, happy and comfortable. If you would like to find out why our facility is so special, contact us at Village at Oakwood to schedule a tour.

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