It can be stressful to decide whether or not to move your parent into assisted living. This may have occurred suddenly or it could be something that has become more important over time. This new stage in life can cause a lot of emotional turmoil for family members and your parents. It is crucial that you choose the right facility to support their mental and physical well-being.
These are some things you should look out for when touring assisted living facilities in search of the best one for your parents.
What will Your Parent’s Health Care Needs be Met?
The most important question you should ask on the tour is how your parents’ health needs will be met. What is “assisted living?” These communities are designed to give residents as much independence and privacy as possible, but they will also provide some support. This could include medication management, personal care and meals being prepared, as well as housekeeping.
How would their unit look?
It’s important that you arrange for a tour of the room so your parents can see themselves in it. Residents often have an apartment rather than a single room. This will make residents feel more comfortable and gives them the independence they desire.
It is a great opportunity to ask about what they can bring, any restrictions and if the apartment is fully furnished.
Have a look at the Meal Plan
When choosing an assisted living facility, meals are an important aspect. Make sure you ask about the meal plans and menus. You want the meals to be healthy, balanced, and delicious. You should be able tour the restaurant(s) on site and see what they have to offer. Residents often have the option of eating in the dining room or in the privacy of their apartments.
Does it have a community vibe?
It is important that your parents choose an assisted living facility with a community and a social atmosphere, as mental health should be a top priority. They shouldn’t feel trapped. Instead, they have access to activities, entertainment and social opportunities. Ask about the facilities and see any meeting rooms.
Some amenities may include:
Art at the center
Outdoor amenities and facilities
Encourage your parent to talk to the residents during the tour to find out how they feel about living at the facility.
The family can make an informed decision about the place by touring it, asking questions and getting a list of answers. You don’t want to rush into this decision. Instead, you want to feel confident about your decision.