The decision to help your loved one find an assisted living facility may not be an easy one, but it’s a necessity that can’t be ignored in most cases. So when you’re touring different senior assisted living facilities, you need to put a few tips to good use. Here are some best practices that will help you figure out whether or not a senior living facility is right for your loved one.
Visit during an activity.
Scheduling your visit in conjunction with community events or even daily activities is always a good idea. Not only is it important to get a feel for the way people in the community interact, it’s important to gauge whether your loved one is interested in the activities any particular senior assisted living facility offers. The happiest retirees engage in three to four activities on a regular basis, and visiting during an event can give you and your loved one a good picture of what those activities might be.
Eat a meal at the facility.
If your loved one is going to be living and eating at a facility, the food should be good enough for you to eat, too. Eating a meal at the facility will not only allow you to taste the food for yourself, it will let you see how residents interact during meals. Getting a feel for the community and amenities is extremely important when you’re choosing an assisted living facility.
Walk through the outdoor areas.
Feeling a connection with nature is important, no matter what stage of life you’re in. Take a walk around the outdoor parts of the facility while you’re visiting. Do you feel relaxed there? Does your loved one seem to enjoy it? These are important questions to ask when you’re touring any portion of the facility, including the outdoors.
Talk to current residents.
The best way to learn how a facility feels and operates — aside from planning your physical visit — is to talk to people who are currently living there! Ask them the same questions you’d ask your loved one about the facility. Do they enjoy it? Are there enough activities? Is there anything they wish were improved? It’s crucial to get an insider opinion.
No matter what facility you’re touring, make sure you keep these tips in mind and put them to good use.