Are you looking for an assisted living community, but feeling overwhelmed about what to look for?
There is a wide variety of assisted living communities available, but trying to find the right one to meet the needs of your aging loved one can be difficult. With the number of options to choose from, including those with or without a memory care program, it’s important to take time, ask questions, and use your resources to make the best decision possible.
Here are a few thoughts to consider as you work through your decision.
What is an Assisted Living community?
Assisted living communities vary in their levels of care. However, each community is designed to offer supportive care for your loved one. Many communities offer varying services and amenities to help residents with their ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). These activities include help with grooming, bathing, dressing, cooking, and medication management. In addition, some communities, such as Avanti Senior Living, offer a memory care program that focuses on those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
Most communities offer the following:
• Apartment/suite with kitchenette
• Three meals daily
• Housekeeping/laundry services
• Resident engagement
• Scheduled transportation
• Medication management
What do I look for?
One of the most important considerations to remember is the safety of your loved one. When researching your family member’s new home, there are some questions to consider:
• Is the community clean?
• Do you see residents engaging with each other?
• Do the residents seem happy?
• Is the staff friendly and engaging with the residents?
• Could you get “lost” in the community?
• Are there clearly marked exit signs?
• Are their handrails and firm carpets to help with mobility?
• Are the rooms equipped with safety features?
• What are the meals like? Healthy? Processed?
• Is the community in a good location?
When assessing an assisted living community, it’s important to keep in mind the care and quality of life your loved one will receive. A highly-trained and happy staff will ensure residents receive the proper care and services they need and deserve. An environment that is geared towards seniors will help them thrive and live the fullest life possible.