Trusting the care of your loved one to someone you don’t know can be scary. But with the right research and preparation, you can find an assisted living facility where they will take care of your loved one just as well as you would have been able to, if not better.
To help you find this place, here are three ways you’ll know if you’ve found the right assisted living facility for your loved one.
They Meet Their Required Level Of Care
The very first thing that you need to concern yourself with when looking for the right fit of an assisted living facility is if the level of care they are offering matches the level of care that your loved one needs.
According to AARP, your loved one might need things like dietary guidance, speech therapy, skilled nursing care, services from a social worker, hospice care, and much more. And because not all assisted living facilities will have these services available at any given time, you’ll need to check out what kind of care you can expect your loved one to receive. So before you even begin looking further into an assisted living facility that you’re considering, make sure that that particular facility is even a possibility for your loved one based on the amount of care that’s necessary for them to live a happy and healthy life.
Everyone And Everything Looks Safe And Healthy
Once you have a few assisted living facilities that you’re considering for your loved one it’s time to look past what you can see on paper and take a long, hard look at what life would be like for your loved one if they chose to live there.
When doing this, Jeff Hoyt, a contributor to SeniorLiving.org, recommends you take a look at everything and everyone in the facility to see how safe and healthy things appear to be. Check and see that the grounds and the rest of the facility are maintained, cleaned, and well taken care of. With the other residents, try to ascertain if they look and smell like they’re being well groomed and if they appear to be happy there. If anything seems amiss, this might not be the place where you want your loved one to be living.
The Provide Enjoyable Activities
If your loved one is able to be up and about with the other residents, Meeka Ghebrai, a contributor to APlaceForMom.com, suggests that you try to find a facility that provides activities that your loved one enjoys. Whether it’s dancing, bingo, or movie nights, if there are activities already set up that your loved one can participate in, they’ll tend to have a much better time in that facility.
If you’re going to be helping your loved one move into an assisted living facility, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you know when you’ve found the right one.