It’s important to give your elderly parent a full, active and well balanced lifestyle even if it’s in an assisted living community. For this reason, you need to choose a community that is well designed to meet the medical, social, physical and emotional needs of your loved one. We have compiled a list of things to go over when choosing assisted living. We hope this will help you find the best community for your loved one.
- Consider the community’s atmosphere
Visit the facility and take a look at its outward appearance. Will your loved one feel at home or like they are in a hospital? How welcoming is the staff at the residence? Think about aspects such as the kind of residents at the facility, whether they socialize with each other and if they would be appropriate housemates for your parents. Ask if visits are allowed every time. Make sure the facility’s location is ideal for you.
- Assess the community’s physical features
Look at the way the facility has been set up. From the floor plan to the doorways, rooms and exterior space, make sure the design will fit your loved one’s needs. For instance, if your parent is on a wheelchair or uses a walker, you want to make sure the doorways and hallways as well as rooms will accommodate their move. The shelves and cupboards should be easy to reach and the atmosphere should be clean, smelling fresh and well ventilated. Make sure the residence has adequate lighting and proper security in case a resident wanders away.
- Review the contractual agreement
You’ll need to assess your loved one’s needs and the cost of assisted living. They should provide you with a contractual agreement that contains details on the type of healthcare offered, supportive services, admission fees and refund policy among other information. You also need a written plan for the type of care your loved one will receive. Find out if the facility assesses the resident’s needs prior to admission and if you can access financial assistance from the government or other programs that support different initiatives.
- Understand what services and how they are offered
Assisted living communities usually provide a list of services that include ADLs such as dressing and bathing as well as housekeeping services, transportation and physical therapy. If you have certain needs that must be met, start by asking about the services offered at the facility.