Patients and families have choices where assisted living for seniors is concerned. While the level of choice can make it difficult to select the right living environment, it can also mean that there’s a high likelihood of finding a home that meets the patient’s needs and the family’s preferences. In this article, families can learn how to choose the right assisted living facility.
Assess the Staff and the Residents
When a family begins the search for Senior Care Services, they should not be intimidated by the number of options that are available. The best facilities have a vibrant social life, and the staff and residents should be caring and warm. These features are important, but the best choice is a facility where the potential resident feels as if they “fit in”. Look for these qualities:
1. Happiness of residents
2. Enjoyment of interpersonal interactions
3. A perception that the old and new residents could strike up a friendship
4. Interesting onsite activities and groups
There are things to look for in the staff as well:
1. They should take time to speak with families, and not be rushed or impatient
2. They should have a genuine interest in patients and families
3. Staff should interact with residents courteously and warmly
4. Workers should respond to crises quickly and professionally
Other Factors to Consider When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
When choosing a facility for a loved one, families should choose a home that feels friendly, comfortable and safe. Premises should be well-maintained and clean, but that’s not the only criteria by which homes should be judged. Families should ask these questions of themselves:
1. Does the facility feel like “home”? This factor is subjective. Some families like cozy, closed-in environments, while others look for hives of activity.
2. Are there activities for residents? Most facilities have onsite activities, or will transport residents to events. Many places also have amenities such as chapels, libraries, and gyms.
3. How are health problems handled? A good facility should handle urgent and non-urgent problems professionally. Families should find out whether the resident will remain onsite during a health crisis, or if they were moved elsewhere.
Families of seniors have many choices when looking for Senior Care Services.
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