Searching for local assisted living facilities is rarely an easy task. With so many options out there, how do you know which one makes the most sense for your loved one? Here are five simple steps to take as you begin the process:
- Do plenty of research – Not all assisted living housing is the same. That’s why we recommend browsing community directories in your area. It’s a good idea to first see what others are saying about the facility. Are there any alarming reviews that would cause you to be skeptical? If not, then go ahead and explore that option a bit further. See if they have programs to help residents afford the care they need. Once you determine the specific pricing and choose to proceed, it’s time to schedule a visit.
- Tour multiple facilities – This may be the most stressful part of the search. Not only should you pay close attention to the staff and amenities inside, but also the facility’s exterior and surrounding neighborhood. Is the landscaping properly maintained? Are there spaces where residents can walk and socialize? Once the tour begins, talk to as many staff members as possible. By no means should you get the impression that they’re trying to ‘sell you’ on the facility. If the tour guide is unwilling to answer questions you may have, a red flag should go up.
- Follow up – Let’s say that you and your loved one have toured several senior assisted living centers in the area. This is the point where you want to whittle down your list of possibilities. Take some time to learn more about the costs, staff members, and available care plans. Keep in mind that nursing care costs ultimately depend on the needs of your loved one. It doesn’t hurt to ask if there are additional charges for services such as laundry and doctor visits. In terms of staff, double-check with the facility that background checks are performed before hiring. You could also inquire about the ratio of staff to residents and the amount of training staff members have.
- Consider a temporary stay – By this point, you’re close to making a decision. That said, a few unknowns remain. If your loved one is up for it, try to schedule a temporary stay. It could last anywhere from a few days to an entire week. This short trial stay is arguably the most accurate way to tell what living at that particular senior living facility would be like.
- Ask your loved one where they would be happiest – It’s easy to want to choose assisted living housing without really getting an opinion from your loved one. Just remember that you’re not the one potentially living there. Make it a point to sit down with your mom or dad and ask them where they would be most comfortable and happy. Don’t lose sight of the fact that this is a difficult time for them as well.
Premier Assisted Living in Winter Park
Have you been searching for the highest quality of senior care? Look no further than The Oaks of Old Winter Park. Each of our three communities provides the personalized service that your loved one deserves. Not to mention, the smaller occupancy allows our staff to provide better care.
We invite you to experience the difference of our assisted living facilities. Contact us today to schedule a tour.