If you have a loved one who can no longer take care of his or her own needs at home, it may be time to consider senior living options. As you begin your research, there are a lot of important factors to consider.
Start by Taking a Tour
When you tour senior living facilities, make it a point to talk with staff and residents regarding the level of care provided. Each resident should receive personalized care that meets his or her needs from a team of attentive staff members who care about their residents. On your tour, you should also take note of the environment. The residents should look clean and comfortable, and the facility itself should be neat and organized. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Ask if the facility offers day programs, so you can try before you buy, which is the best way to get an idea of the level of care.
Assess the Proximity to Loved Ones
While this should not be the deciding factor, the closer a senior care facility is to you and other family members, the easier it will be for you to visit. Family members of residents are sometimes asked to attend meetings and events, stop by for meals or pick-up and drop-off personal effects. The closer your loved one is to friends and family, the more visitors they will receive on a consistent basis.
Look for a Dynamic Recreation Program
Senior care facilities often offer classes, trips and other activities to stimulate each resident’s mind, body and spirit. Before you pick a residence, meet with the director of the recreation department to see what types of activities are offered on a daily basis. If a senior care facility has a dynamic recreation program, it is often a good indication of the overall care that is provided.
Shopping around for senior care facilities isn’t easy. However, if you know what to look for during a tour, ask the right questions, pick a facility close to you or other family members and familiarize yourself with the recreation program, you will be able to make the right decision and ensure the safety and happiness of your senior.