Age is a natural thing. It is a process that you hope to go through so you can live a long and fulfilling life. But at some point, as a person ages they may reach a point where they need a little extra help, and where living on their own is no longer ideal or even safe. If this is the stage your parent has reached, and they have made up their mind that an assisted senior living facility is the best accommodation for them, then there’s no doubt you will want to be involved in the process and help them to find the best facility for their needs.
Here we’ll take a look at the ways in which you can make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible, and how you can help them to find the best facility.
Ask for Details on What the Assisted Facility Includes
A good place to start is by speaking with various facilities and asking what is included – what services and care will your parent receive? While each facility is unique, there are some general services that are typically offered in assisted living facilities. These are such things as help with grooming and getting dressed, laundry services, housekeeping, help using the bathroom, meal preparation and serving, medication management, and even transportation.
You want to be very clear on what is and isn’t included, as this will likely play a huge part in the decision making process.
How Many Residents, How Many Staff?
You will also want to be clear on how many residents live in the facility, and how many staff are on-hand at all times. This is something the facility should be able to answer readily. Be sure to also ask if the staff is there, in the facility, 24/7.
What About Recreational and Social Activities?
Additional questions to ask when choosing a senior living community should revolve around the recreational and social activities that the facility offers. Your parent shouldn’t feel as though they are locked away, they should feel as though they have entered into a welcoming community that provides plenty of opportunities to have fun.
Some facilities will feature exercise classes, social gatherings, special events, clubs they can join, and more. These are the things that will make your parent feel like they are “home” and like they fit into this new community.
Meal Choices Tend to Be a Big Factor
Seniors are often anxious to learn about the meal selection in the facility too. They want to know that they will have access to healthy, well-balanced, and tasty meals and snacks so be sure to get the details.
How Does the Facility Keep Families in the Loop?
Finally, be sure to ask how the facility keeps family members in the loop so that you know how your parent is doing. You can also ask about visitation, what the hours are and how many visitors your parent can have.
By asking all of these questions you’ll be able to help your parent choose a senior living community that fits with their needs and wants.