Making the choice to transfer your loved one to an assisted living facility is never an easy decision. However, it can often be the best option to keep an elderly relative safe, while still providing a measure of independence. Not all assisted living communities will be the right fit for everyone. For this reason, it is necessary to do in-person research in order to make the right choice.
Cleanliness is extremely important in assisted living communities. The elderly often need assistance with personal hygiene and day-to-day care. As you tour the facility, keep an eye out for details, such as corners, shelves and windows to check how clean they are. Pay attention to smells as well. An isolated odor may indicate a recent issue with one resident, but if there are unpleasant smells throughout the facility, housekeeping is an issue.
Assisted living facilities often consist of a number of areas in which residents can participate in activities or carry on their daily routine. Make sure any outdoor areas are secure and safe with the proper amount of supervision. Communicate with the staff to gauge their friendliness and willingness to help. It can also be useful to visit during an activity so you can witness the interactions yourself. Stay for lunch or dinner to determine the quality of the food.
A good assisted living community will be available to answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision for your loved one. Some of the questions you should ask include:
In addition to asking these questions, watch the residents you encounter to see if they are properly dressed and groomed to give you an idea of the personal care offered.
Your instincts are your most powerful tool in choosing the right assisted living facility. After you talk to a representative on the phone and visit the facility, you should have a good overall picture of the quality of the community and the level of care they can provide. However, if something about the staff, grounds or residents bothers you, don’t hesitate to ask more questions or choose a different location.
Choosing from the available assisted living communities is a complex task that requires great attention to detail. The care your elderly loved one receives is well worth the effort. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, even when they need more assistance to move through their regular daily tasks.
If you are looking for a quality assisted living community for your loved one, contact us. Our staff is ready to help you make this difficult choice easier.