The transition to a senior living facility can be tough on everyone involved. Whether you’re a child helping a parent, or a parent preparing for the move, retirement centers can feel like a different planet sometimes.
In turn, this often makes choosing a senior living facility rather difficult if you’re not sure what to expect or how to even begin. Fortunately, we’re here to help you. Here are the three most important things you need to consider when looking into and visiting senior assisted living facilities.
One of the most important factors to observe when you’re visiting an assisted living facility is the staff. While you’re there, make a special note to observe how they interact with you, your loved one, and with the residents who currently live there. Something that helps with this is visiting at a time when there’s an activity going on or when you can see all of the staff members in action performing their daily duties or helping the other residents. In addition, you should be absolutely certain to ask what their emergency procedures are. It’s incredibly important to know this information, as these are the people who will be taking care of your loved one.
The best way to tell if the facility you’re visiting is a good fit for your loved one is to observe and interact with the residents already living there. They’re going to be your firsthand look into the facility’s policies, activities, cleanliness, food, and service. The happiest retirees engage in three or four activities on a regular basis, so make sure you’re asking about how active they feel their lifestyles are.
Above all else, make sure the facility itself is clean, well-cared for, and safe for your loved one. If you notice any strange smells or messes, make sure you ask about them. Even on a bad or busy day, the facility should be clean, organized, and secure for all of the residents living there.
Now that your concerns have been put at ease, you can go out there and find the perfect living facility.