Jun 22, 18
Searching through assisted living communities doesn’t have to be hard. It can actually be very easy to find what you are looking for if you take the approach of a step by step guide. The first thing that might come to mind when making a decision like this is the cost. While cost plays a big part in choosing elderly care services, it is important to look at the environment and how happy you’d feel there. Try to take into account following 4 steps when choosing an assisted living community.
1. Look at the physical appearance
It is important to take into account whether or not you like the decor. Make sure you find an assisted living community that will make you feel at home. Some questions to ask might be; Can you control your room temperature?, Does your room seem safe and easy to navigate? Will you have to share a room with someone else? Is there enough space for you? The best way to deal with all of these questions is to make a chart. Try to find situations where you answer positively to all of these questions. Then move on to step two.
2. The community and social life
Finding elderly care services with the right kind of people and social aspects is highly recommended. It is very important that you feel safe and cared for. Some basic questions to ask about the community might be; Do you feel safe with the staff and your neighbours?, Do the people in this community share similar interests with you?, Do residents like to communicate with each other and are they happy? I suggest that you make another chart for this step. Try to filter out the assisted living communities from step 1 that don’t fit your social requirements.
3. Some more basic questions to ask
Is there a basic feeling of safety?, What are visiting hours for friends and family?, What is the ratio of staff to patients?, Are there regular social events that interest you?, Will your personal belongings be safe? (You might find some information about this on review pages), Is staff available 24/7?
At this point, you probably have a list of the best elderly care services for you. It is now time to look at the costs. It is important to not immediately throw away communities just because of the cost. If you can’t afford a place on your own, it might be a good idea to consider asking friends or family for some help.
Hopefully you now have a working list of assisted living communities that answer positively to all of your questions and feel cost effective.