Do you have a parent or parents who are having trouble getting around? Have all of you been discussing the possibility of them going to live in a senior assisted living facility? Moving to a new place can be a scary experience, even if your parents are initially enthusiastic. You can help to lessen the impact of such a change by making sure to do research ahead of time and by asking the right questions. Knowing the answers to these things will help you to choose the facility that is best for both you and for your parents. Some things that you should find out ahead of time, but that you may not have realized should be asked, include:
Opening date: A senior assisted care facility that has only just recently opened up is going to be too new to be able to form many opinions just yet. If the facility itself is new, find out if it's part of a larger chain or if it is a completely independent facility. If it isn't independent, you will at least be able to research the company's reputation as a whole to help you decide whether or not the facility is going to be a good fit for everyone.
Care levels: If your parent or parents have Alzheimer's, dementia, or other health issues that will cause a similar increase in the amount of care necessary, it's important to find a facility that is able to provide all appropriate levels of care. You may find a senior assisted care center that seems to be perfect, only to discover that the facility doesn't offer skilled nursing. This will mean that you may have to find another facility in a relatively short length of time. On the other hand, if your parents are still relatively active and haven't been diagnosed with any major health issues, then a facility that offers nothing but assisted living may do just fine.
Scheduled activities: Whether your parents are still active or whether they need more care, it's important to find a facility that offers daily or weekly activities for them to partake in. For instance, some senior assisted care facilities might have weekly shopping trips or trips to a local movie theater. Daily activities might include things like a quilting club, bingo, or a choir. Staying at the assisted care facility should be as enjoyable as possible for your parents.
After my grandmother was too old to live on her own any more, I knew that I had to do something to keep her comfortable and safe. I started looking into assisted living facilities, and before I knew it, I had narrowed down the search to a few different places. It was absolutely incredible to see how many different options there were, so I felt great about only having to choose between a few. After I talked with my grandmother about what she wanted, it made it even easier to choose, and she is now comfortably living in a great environment. Check out this blog for more information.