Signs You Found the Right Assisted Living Community
When you and a loved one decide it’s time for them to move to an assisted living community, you probably started research immediately. There is plenty of information available on the basics of assisted living, but what makes a community right for your family member?
Look at these 10 signs an assisted living community is right for your loved one, so you can find a quality fit for their retirement lifestyle.
1. A location that’s easy for friends and family to visit
Location is one of the most important features of an assisted living community, especially if you’re planning on visiting your loved one often. Choose a senior living community that’s convenient for family and friends to visit, and also close to places your loved one likes to visit like their church, movie theaters, restaurants,and shopping centers. While assisted living provides an incredible level of care, your loved one may still need to visit specialists or receive certain medical services that can’t be provided on-site, so be sure to look for a community near their preferred medical center or doctor’s office.
2. Levels of living that offer peace of mind
You and your loved one can gain peace of mind knowing their needs will always be met in an assisted living community that offers higher levels of care. Many of the communities in the Élite Collection by Silverstone and Watermark offer memory care and transitional memory care, where older adults in the early stages of memory impairment live in an environment designed to manage challenges associated with mild memory impairment and help develop cognitive skills.
3. Services that offer assistance and convenience
Search for a senior living community that offers services to help your family member live as independently as possible, while also adding a level of convenience to retirement. For instance, laundry and housekeeping services are ideal for older adults who have trouble bending over to pick items up off the floor or have difficulty transferring laundry between the washer and dryer. Scheduled transportation offers a convenient way for residents to go shopping, attend off-site events and get to their medical appointments.
4. Activities that match your loved one’s interests
A great assisted living community will have plenty for residents to do. There should be a mix of educational, physical, spiritual, and social activities that allow residents to explore their passions, discover something new, and build on their current skills. Activities and amenities vary by community, so make sure the one you’re interested in can accommodate your loved one’s interests.
5. A friendly and qualified caregiver that engage residents
Dedicated and passionate care teams are essential to a senior living community’s success. They’re responsible for the safety, happiness,and health of each resident, and add to the vibrant social connections offered in assisted living and other levels of care. Signs of a great care team include knowing residents by name, taking part in community activities and events, and engaging in continuing education to advance their caregiving skills.
6. Happy residents who share what they love about assisted living
It takes more than meeting basic needs to make residents in assisted living happy. The best senior living communities provide an engaging culture that focuses on promoting independence, boosting each resident’s self-confidence, and giving them abundant opportunities to explore their passions and interests. Get a better feel for the atmosphere by asking residents what they do for fun in assisted living,and ask how much their life has transformed since they’ve joined the community.
7. Dining options that taste and look delicious
There’s nothing like sharing a great meal with your family, friends and neighbors. Resident-centered dining options offer flavorful and nutritious menu options that suit a variety of tastes. Signs of an excellent dining program in assisted living include kitchen and waitstaff in clean uniforms, dining areas set up in ways that encourage social engagement, a welcoming atmosphere, and fresh food presented beautifully on a plate. To find out if a loved one will enjoy dining daily in assisted living, try to dine with residents and ask for copies of current menus on your tour.
8. Clean and comfortable community spaces
The best assisted living communities care how they present themselves both inside and out. During your tour, note how clean things are. Areas like the dining venues, gathering spaces, and fitness centers should always be clean and well organized. Keep an eye out for dust. If you notice a layer of dust in areas like the library, arts and crafts room, or game room, it might mean residents don’t enjoy using those amenities. Walking paths, gardens, and other exterior features should be well maintained and add beauty to the community.
9. Pet-friendly assisted living community
You shouldn’t choose an assisted living community just because it’s pet-friendly, especially if your loved one doesn’t own a pet. However, most older adults across the United States have furry or feathered family members that are an essential part of their lives. There are many pet-friendly assisted living communities that happily welcome one small dog, cat or bird per resident. Ask for a copy of the community pet policy to make sure your loved one’s pet meets breed and weight restrictions, how the care team assists residents who have pets, and which areas of the community are pet-friendly.
10. Safety measures that also encourage independence
Assisted living encourages residents to only rely on help from care team members as needed. That means you should notice several safety features throughout the community to aid residents in a self-directed lifestyle. Features like nonslip floors, grab bars, security lights, wide hallways and doorways to accommodate walking aids, and secured courtyards and gardens in memory care are ways for residents to move around safely both in their residence and throughout the community.
Find an Assisted Living Community That’s Just Right for Your Loved One’s Retirement
The Élite Collection by Silverstone and Watermark offers distinct, destination-style retirement communities that take every level of detail into consideration. From unrivaled hospitality and high-quality senior care to luxurious services and amenities that provide abundant social opportunities, our communities go above and beyond to create the gold standard of senior living. If you’d like to know more about our assisted living communities,contact us online, and we’ll match your loved one with a community that’s just right for their retirement.