The entire process of selecting the most suitable assisted living community that will be able to take care of your loved one’s specific individual needs can be a highly overwhelming one.
In essence, you would want to select a community that moves beyond just the fundamental requirements of care to make sure that your loved one feels supported and content, which is truly the end goal of assisted living.
When you are touring assisted living communities, it would be highly beneficial to glean as much information as you possibly can about the communities and how they individually function. This is to make sure that you are well informed and totally prepared when the time comes for you to make the decision for your loved one or even for yourself.
We at The Park Oak Grove would love to help you along in this process of inquiry, so that you may make the best decision for yourself or your loved one. To help you get a better idea of what to keep an eye out for when touring an assisted living community, we would like to provide you with a list of questions to an assisted living community.
Questions Pertaining to Members of Staff
What is the staff-to-resident ratio?
What kind of training and certification do the members of staff possess?
Are the members of staff capable of providing the members of the community with round-the-clock assistance with respect to the activities of daily life such as eating, going to the bathroom, dressing, and bathing?
Questions Pertaining to Living Spaces for Community Members
Are the community members allowed to choose between private room accommodation and shared room accommodation?
Are the community members allowed to decorate and personalize their own living spaces?
Are pets or emotional support animals permitted in the community? If they are, what types of animals are allowed to be taken in?
Are housekeeping services available for the personal living spaces of the community members? If such services are available, are they included in the overall fee?
Questions Pertaining to Food, Dining, Nutrition, and Diet
What is the total number of meals that are served each day?
Do the food items on the menu change every day or every other day?
Are the dishes cooked fresh daily?
Is it permitted for meals to be prepared based on a community member’s individual needs or requests?
Questions Pertaining to Activities
What activities will the community members be able to engage in, and how frequently will they occur?
Are live entertainment options available to the community members? If they are, what type of options are they, and how frequently would they occur?
Questions Pertaining to Healthcare and Medical Care
What is the community’s policy for the management of medication and the administration of medicine? Will the community members be allowed to administer medication to themselves independently?
Is there a detailed plan for medical care and general healthcare for every member of the community? If so, how frequently are the care plans updated?
With these questions, they will be able to help you to make a more well-informed decision and help you to select the most suitable assisted living community for yourself or your loved ones.