How to Choose the Best Assisted Living Facility for Your Loved One
Choosing an assisted living facility for your senior can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider and you may get resistance from your loved one, who may be hesitant about moving into one.
Luckily, many communities today encourage a wholesome, engaged lifestyle with plenty of amenities and activities in a safe, supportive environment. Choosing the right assisted living community may make your senior ask themselves why they didn’t make the move earlier!
If it’s time to consider a move into a senior living community for your aging loved one, here are some tips on how to choose an assisted living facility.
1. Will the prospective facility accommodate your senior’s current (and future) care needs?
Before beginning the search, consult with a doctor about your loved one’s current health and limitations. When interviewing senior living communities, be sure to discuss your loved one’s health limitations to make sure the facility is capable of caring for your loved one properly.
There are many options for senior living facilities, designed to accommodate a variety of needs. Is your loved one suffering from the early or advanced stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s? Perhaps a memory care facility would be the right choice.
How mobile or independent is your senior? If your loved one can do many things for themselves but may need help with taking medications, cooking or bathing, an assisted living facility may be the right choice, because staff will be available to check on them daily and bring them their medication or meals.
If your loved one needs extra or specialized care, look for a home with a higher staff to resident ratio or one that offers additional care for seniors who need nursing assistance 24 hours a day. All Sodalis properties have higher staff to resident ratios than the state requirements.
And for the most options, consider a community like Sodalis Senior Living, which offers a combination of dedicated assisted living and memory care services in their communities.
2. What services does the facility offer?
Depending on the needs of your loved one, you may want to consider a facility that offers transport to doctors for regular checkups, or has doctors come into the communities regularly. If your loved one is disabled, how does the prospective location handle their transfer needs?
Will there be 24-hour monitoring? How will your senior get help in an emergency? Many places will have round-the-clock monitoring and push-button service should the senior require immediate assistance.
Are pets allowed? Your senior may not want to part with their beloved cat or dog and fortunately, there are facilities like Sodalis that allow pets.
3. Are there engaging activities for your senior?
Social activities are very important to a senior’s health and overall well-being. When visiting locations, check the activity calendar and see if the activities would be enjoyed by your loved one. Observe the community residents to see if they seem engaged. Some activities you should look for include:
- Exercise programs
- Wellness activities
- An available full-time activities director
- Transportation for outings
- Art classes and other crafts
- Musical events
- Volunteer and outreach programs
- Technology and smart phone training
4. What about meals?
Delicious meals are not only essential for your loved one’s health, but for their happiness too. Look for facilities that offer wholesome, nutritious meals that are geared toward the unique needs of an aging person. In addition, the foods served should be designed to provide the best nutrients for those suffering from dementia or memory loss. They should be varied to keep your loved one from getting bored. Many facilities will even let you sample the menu on your visit.
5. Is the location close to home?
A location that’s close enough to home where you can visit regularly is ideal to maintain the important connection with your loved one. Make it easy on yourself and your loved one by being close enough to visit. Close and regular contact is good for your senior’s spirits.
When researching and selecting an assisted living facility, ask yourself these five questions to make the best decision for your aging loved one’s future. Making the right choice will make the transition to their new home easier for everyone involved.