Evaluating an assisted living community takes a lot of time. You need to understand your loved one’s needs and preferences to make a decision on which senior living community best suits them. If you’re lost, we have compiled a few tips to help you get through this process so your loved one can join the community that is right for them as soon as possible.
Assess Your Needs
Before you can choose the right senior living community for your loved one, take a step back and determine all the monetary, physical, and emotional needs for daily living. Determining tehe preferred level of care would be significantly helpful as well. Do your loved ones require 24-hour assistance or do they want to be more independent with assistance only when necessary? Do your loved one have medical conditions which would require frequent visits to a healthcare facility? How is your loved one’s mobility? Being aware that these factors can lead you to different types of programs or retirement communities, meaning you will be more likely to choose one that is right for your loved one.
Tour the Community
While intuition is far from the only factor upon which to base your decision, it is an important one. This is why making a trip to the communities you’re interested in can help with your process of elimination and highlight the ones that you feel will be suitable for your loved one. Make the most out of your visit, here are some areas to investigate and consider:
- Is the cleanliness and maintenance of the community kept to high standards?
- Are there outdoor areas for you to take walks and relax?
- Are the corridors and walkways well-lit and is the community accommodating to those with mobility issues?
- Do the residents and team treat one another with mutual respect?
- What are most of the residents doing in the communal areas? Do they look like they’re enjoying their stay?
- Do the team look overworked or stressed? Does the community appear to have enough team members to care for the residents?
- Is the community safe and secured?
Familiarize Yourself with Their Social Offerings
One of the top reasons why retirees move into communities is to meet their social needs. While most retirement communities offer top-notch amenities for physical activity like gymming or yoga, there may be some that lack these opportunities. If possible, consider visiting the game rooms or other communal areas to observe what they offer. Are their amenities being maintained well and are they well-stocked? Most communities also have an event calendar where field trips and events are planned. If the events mentioned interest your loved one, there’s a chance that they may enjoy their stay in that community.
Why Choose The Park Oak Grove?
Our senior living community guarantees a socially and physically active lifestyle to all residents under our care. With an endless list of opportunities to explore, residents get to enjoy their golden years to the fullest while being reassured assistance is available when and where it is required.
If you have any inquiries about our range of services, don’t hesitate to contact us today!