Moving your loved ones to an assisted living community is a big decision, and there is already enough to think about as it is. It may be overwhelming figuring out what to look out for when seeking out assisted living communities, and what questions you might have to ask. However, it doesn’t have to be difficult. We have listed some things to look out for below!
Assess Your Needs
This can be split into three sub-points, which are location, budget, and care options the community provides.
- Location: Make sure the location is at a reasonable distance away from you, in case emergencies arise and a trip down to the community is necessitated.
- Budget: Ask the team for a complete rundown of fees and bills to ensure that their services are within your budget. You could ask for any miscellaneous costs, recurring costs, or additional costs (if any) for certain services required.
- Care options they provide: Find out more about the different living options the community may provide for tailored care for your loved one. Get to know caregivers and team members well and what exactly they do to adequately care for your loved ones while carrying out their daily activities. You could ask about the number of team members available during the day and night and their level of experience.
For your loved ones, their safety and comfort are crucial since they are going to be a resident of this community! You can look out or ask questions about the presence of safety features and amenities:
- Safety: Safety features such as grab bars, anti-slip shower mats, and handrails would definitely be ideal for your loved one.
- Accessibility: Your loved ones should feel at ease getting from one location to another, and be free of the worry of inconveniences along the way. Accessibility features such as lifts, elevators, and wheelchair access should be considered, especially if your loved ones’ mobility is limited.
- Bedrooms: The bed should be a place of comfort for your loved one. The rooms should not be too small or cramped, which can make your elderly feel isolated or claustrophobic. It should also ideally be of bright colors that can let your loved one feel a sense of warmth and joy.
- Activities they offer: It is important to find out what activities your loved ones can be engaged in to keep them happy, and mentally engaged or stimulated.
- Food options: Visit the dining room and learn more about the food options they offer. You can ask if the food is freshly made with health taken into consideration.
The last but most crucial question to ask: Ask your loved one if they see themselves residing in the retirement community long-term, or if it is up to their preference. They must be accepting of the environment to prevent any undesirable effects on their mental health.
Look to Regency Pointe To Meet All Your Loved Ones’ Needs
At Regency Pointe, our team guarantees your needs are met to provide the most suitable living option and personalized care program for your loved one. Find out more about us here.