Getting the best care possible is a priority in finding senior housing communities for a loved one. You want assurances that they will be looked after and knowing that they lessen your worries. What factors should you look for in senior housing communities that will help you make the best possible decision?
Visit the facility
Unless you have friends or family who can recommend an assisted living facility, your most likely starting point would be an internet search. Websites can provide you with basic information about the community, their staff, and services, but nothing compares to seeing the place with your own eyes.
Your own experience can tell you whether or not a place is right for your loved one. After all, it’s you who best knows those who are closest to you.
During a visit, take all the time you need to make an assessment of the place. Take note of how clean the place is and pay close attention to smells. While detecting odors are normal in senior housing communities, smelling them all throughout the property points to a larger issue. You can always ask the manager what the problem might be.
In assessing a property, it’s important to not just explore the insides of the facility; the outdoor areas are equally important as well.
Observe how the staff treats the residents
It’s always best to have questions prepared during a visit. Doing so allows you to get a better view of the place. One of the most important questions to ask is about the number of staff who will be assigned to residents. The answers given can give you confidence in their ability to care for your loved one.
Other than that, observing how staff treat the residents can tell you a great deal about the level of care your loved one will receive in the facility.
Take a close look at the residents
Personal care is so important which is why it should be on your list of questions for the facility manager. If they have the right to know the bathing preferences of a possible resident, you also have the right to ask about how they go about the process.
Another way to gauge the personal care process of the facility is to look at the state of the residents. Do they look well-groomed? Are they dressed properly? Being satisfied with the responses to these questions allows you to rest easy knowing that a facility will take good care of your loved one.
Ask the opinion of other families
If you know someone who has a loved one residing in the facility, don’t be afraid to ask them questions. This, when weighed will all other other factors to consider, will help you make the right decision.
Making sure a loved one feels comfortable in new surroundings is crucial for their well-being. You can make sure of this by paying a visit to the facility and exploring the area to make a proper assessment.
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