When you’re thinking of moving to an assisted living facility, there’s a lot to consider, and you may get a different opinion or recommendation from everyone you talk to. It may seem like there are a million things to think about, especially if you have grown children whose opinions differ from your own. To make things simpler, here are 6 factors to focus on.
Your ideal location
Because most of us want to stay in our homes, we often assume that an assisted living facility close to home is the next best option. It may be, especially if you’re active in your neighborhood, have family or friends nearby to visit, and are in good health. If you’re managing a chronic or degenerative health condition and your family lives too far away for frequent check-ins, it may make more sense over the long run to relocate to an assisted living community near your adult children. Long-distance moves can be disruptive and costly, but being near family can mean a fuller social life and better care management. Weigh the pros and cons before you make your decision.
Continuity of care considerations
If you’d prefer to relocate once and be done with it, narrow your search to assisted living communities that offer continuity of care. These places provide multiple care options on the same campus, often including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, and specialized memory care. As a resident, you’ll be able to stay in familiar surroundings even if your health and care needs change, which means one less thing to worry about.
Community culture matters
Visit the assisted living communities in your preferred area, talk with the staff and residents, and ask what daily life and holidays are like at each place. The lifestyle at each community is connected to its location. Apartment towers in downtown arts districts are more likely to be home to theater fans, fine-dining aficionados, and recreational shoppers, while suburban communities beside parks and golf courses will draw a more outdoorsy crowd.
Check out the services and amenities
Get a list of the included services and amenities for each community you visit. Typical services included in the monthly rate are weekly housekeeping and linen laundry, daily meals, and on-call nursing help and maintenance services. Some services, such as haircuts and spa treatments, are pay-as-you go, so many sure you understand what’s included and what’s out of pocket.
Reports, reviews, and reputation
When you’ve found a few places you like, dig deeper. Ask to see copies of their latest state licensing inspection reports, read online reviews by residents and family members, and ask residents and their relatives about their experiences.
Consider the cost and your benefit options
When you compare the costs of each facility, factor in services that each place includes, like the number of meals provided each week. If you are an eligible veteran or spouse and need help with activities of daily living (dressing, cooking, getting to appointments, taking medication), the VA Aid & Attendance Pension benefit can help defray the cost.
Choosing an assisted living community is a big decision, and finding the right place is well worth the effort. To help you, SeniorAdvisor.com has reviews of thousands of assisted living facilities across the US, including award-winning communities as chosen by residents and their families.
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Written by: Casey Kelly-Barton