When it comes to finding assistance to help someone who is no longer able to fully care for themselves, the options can seem endless and daunting. How do you know which choice is right? There are many options, ranging from hiring help to come into ones home as needed, to moving someone into an assisted living facility. More often then not, an assisted living facility ends up being the route people choose. There are many reasons for this- affordability, convenience, constant access to help being the main ones. But how do you know which assisted living facility is right? There are so many now to choose from. This guide is written to help people who are beginning to explore options for assisted living to help ensure you choose the best possible situation:
- Location: Location is of course important. Often, you will be looking at assisted living facilities not far from where the person already lives. You will want to take a few things into account, including how easy it is for friends and family to visit the location, the weather, and how easy it will be for the person to leave to go for an outing if they need or want to.
- Budget: Budget should be up at the top of your list when comparing assisted living options. Set a realistic budget which takes into account things that may happen in the future. For example, perhaps you are looking to move a parent into an assisted living situation but they only need minimal help right now and have low medical expenses. If you plan your budget around the current situation, what happens when their need for help increases and they begin having more health problems? When thinking about a budget, you want to plan for the unexpected and build that in.
- Size: Size is very important to some people when it comes to where they live. While some people may enjoy a large, sprawling resort-like facility, others may enjoy something smaller and more intimate. Think carefully about your size preferences and decide on something that will work best in your individual situation.
- Pets: Many people will not be willing to move into an assisted living facility without their pets. Pets offer seniors companionship and people are not often willing to give that up. If having a pet is important in your situation, you will want to find out quickly which facilities offer pets, and which do not.
- Level of care needed: Most assisted living facilities offer a range of care options, from completely independent living to around the clock care. Some facilities specialize in things like memory care for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s. If you are looking into assisted living and the person in question has any type of special needs, you will want to take that into account when you are looking at places. Specialized care is definitely something that should be carefully considered.
- Events: Events are an important part of an assisted living community. Check out the events offered to see if they are ones that would interest the person in question. Different facilities will offer different types of events, parties, and outings, so find one that offers things that they will like.