Choosing the Right Senior Community for Your Parents
Many of us face life’s hard reality of finding a comfortable, safe and trustworthy senior living community for our aging parents or loved ones. It’s never an easy task, and one that raises a lot of questions, demands straight-forward answers, and will obviously take time, attention, and a great deal of care.
There are several things to take into consideration, including the level of care, staff professionalism, quality of services and amenities, safety and security, and overall cost.
Assisted living provides residents with as much independence as they want, with the knowledge that personal care and support are readily available. Every assisted living community is different, and it’s important to understand the subtle – and not so subtle – differences among communities.
Almost every assisted living community states they have nurses on staff, but staffing levels vary greatly from one community to the next. Not every community will have a professional nurse or nurses on-site. Those with more robust staffing can accommodate a higher acuity of resident needs, indlucing diabetic and insulin management.
Look for communities that provide a life enrichment program, daily activities, healthy menu options, laundry and housekeeping services, transportation, concierge services, and extra amenities, such as a beauty salon, fitness center, physical and occupational therapy, and pharmacy services. An assisted living community shouldn’t fall short on the things that will make your loved one feel safe and comfortable, as well as content and cared for.
As long as you and your family do the necessary research, ask the right questions, and support your loved one in the decision-making process, you can feel comfortable in choosing the right community together.
On-site staffing questions:
When are your wellness nurses here?
Who will administer medications?
Who will provide hands-on care?
How many meals do you serve a day, and may we review your menu and sample a meal?
Does your menu selection accommodate special diets and provide dietetic support?
What kinds of activities do you plan for residents, and how frequently do they occur?
What are some of your extra amenities and services?
Is social and spiritual support offered?