5 Factors To Consider When Selecting An Assisted Living Community For A Loved One

Given the wide range of options available, selecting the right assisted living community for Mom or Dad can be an extremely difficult task. From communities, to exercise and therapy opportunities, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration when making this big decision and adjustment for a loved one.

By taking these five simple factors into consideration, one can better evaluate the choices available during the selection process to improve the likelihood that they are happy with the decision. 

1. Cost 

One of the biggest and most major deciding factors in any big life decision is almost always cost. There are several options available to finance senior living including but not limited to Aid and Attendance Benefit, Short Term Bridge Loans, Life Settlement Funding, and Long Term Care Insurance. Before signing any contractual agreement(s), it is important that you have all of your financing in order to plan for these new expenses. CLICK HERE for detailed information on some of the financing options you have available. 

2. Community Conditions and Building Upkeep

First impressions are important and consequently, initial curb appeal is a significant factor of the selection process. If you pull up and the building resembles a lack of maintenance and you just don’t feel right about it, it’s important that you go with your gut. 

When touring an assisted living community, make sure to inspect the furniture, bedding, and room for cleanliness and comfort. Spacious rooms with uplifting colors will also help to keep your loved one motivated and in good spirits. 

2. Recreation, Therapy 

Routine exercise assists seniors with maintaining independence, improving overall energy, managing pain, relieving stress/anxiety, and strengthening the immune system. It is important that any assisted living community offers physical and occupational therapy, while also offering a series of exercise programs for your loved one to take advantage of. 

For more detailed information regarding the importance of recreational exercise programs in senior living, CLICK HERE.

3. Socialized Activities 

Any person is a certain degree of social, whether you are an introvert or extrovert. However, camaraderie amongst residents living in an assisted living community is important has been known to decrease depression and anxiety. Make note to ensure that there are social halls/rooms, and social activities for example: games, movies, and entertainment. 

Be sure to ask for an activities calendar for you and your loved one(s) to review and discuss prior to selected a community. 

4. Food 

Grab a bite to eat in the cafeteria. After all, this is where your loved one is going to be having every meal. A well balanced diet is essential, but it’s also important that the food is good! Examples of a weekly menu should be available, so don’t hesitate to ask questions! 

5. Staffing

Friendly staff is crucial to a happy living arrangement. Your loved one will have to rely on these staff members on a daily basis and you want to ensure that their interactions are friendly and professional. 

When visiting a community, it is important to determine the staff to resident ratio and further, how many nurses are on staff. If possible, try to observe interaction between the staff members and residents while on your tour. 

If you have any further questions in your search, Contact us today for your free consultation and speak to one of our skilled experts!

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