How To Choose an Assisted Living Facility that Will Be a Wonderful Experience
Whether you are looking for an assisted living facility for someone you love or are planning for your future, there are a number of factors that you will want to consider while embarking on your search. The level of care and amenities that you can expect can vary a great deal and if you pay a lot it does not necessarily mean that you will have a positive experience. To ensure that you will have a wonderful experience during your golden years there are a few things that can tell you whether or not it is the place for you.
The first thing to consider is what you expect to have available to you as far as activities. Some facilities offer a much larger range of activities than others. If you are one that enjoys shopping, dining out and going to the movies you will want to be sure that they offer day trips. If you are one that enjoys card games and other more leisurely activities you will want to make sure that they have organized events in house for the residents to socialize, which most, but not all, do. One of the most important factors in health and longevity is keeping the mind and body active, so that should be important to the facility as well.
One of the greatest concerns, as it should be, is whether or not the facility has the proper staff to care for you or your loved one's health and personal hygiene needs. When people enter the facility they may not need much care or really any at all, but with time that need is sure to increase. Sadly many assisted living homes are not properly staffed, which could lead to major issues down the line. You will want to be sure to consider what the staff to resident ratio is, particularly those that are able to give care. They should also be able to tell you what their response time is as well, which can tell you a great deal about how urgently they take their resident's needs.
Finally, you should ask to spend a day at the facility, or at least a few hours. They should be more than happy to let you take in the experience for yourself and socialize with the residents. If they at any point seem to be concerned about this prospect then it likely is not somewhere that you want you or your loved one spending their days and nights. It is a clear indicator that they know that they are not providing their residents with the quality of life, respect, and care that they deserve.
The prospect of finding the right home can be stressful at any time in someone's life, but at this stage, it can be extremely intimidating. Take the time to evaluate what a number of facilities have to offer. The more time that you invest in the process the better the outcome will likely be in the end.