Moving an aged adult to assisted living can pose significant challenges for many families. It’s difficult to decide whether to make the transition, but once that’s done, the next question is choosing an assisted living community that best suits your loved ones. What are the factors to look out for?
Cost is one of the most important factors that greatly impact the decision-making process. You don’t want your loved ones to fall in love with a community out of their price range. Consult with a financial consultant to explore how your loved ones can use their retirement funds or sell assets to fund housing expenses. If you intend to cover them, make sure to settle on the maximum amount you are willing to spend. Make a list of the best-rated senior care communities near you so that you get pricing estimates. Having an open discussion about finances will help determine whether or not your budget makes sense for their new living space.
Quality of Meals
The little details make all the difference. For example, being able to enjoy their favorite food at least once a week significantly improves your loved ones’ quality of life. Discuss dietary restrictions and preferences with our team members, and make a note of portions sizes, mealtimes, and alternatives that can be provided. Find out if residents can have seconds or snacks if they are feeling hungry.
Specific Features and Amenities
The best assisted living community for your loved ones is determined by their personality and hobbies, as well as the extent of involvement and support they can receive. Make sure that there are assisted living amenities and services and communities your loved one will benefit from. The people are another important aspect of the community’s culture. The community residents will become your loved one’s friends and everyday companions. Quality of life should be the priority of top-quality assisted living communities, resulting in happy, engaged, and sociable residents. Try to visit during a group activity of interest to your loved ones and observe the interactions between residents.
Caregivers and Team Members
It’s not unusual to want the team members of an assisted care community to treat your parents with the same degree of affection and attention that you give. While this may be a tough standard for them to reach, you do want indicators that they are competent and up to the task. Employees who appear to love their jobs and have good relationships with the residents are indicators that your loved ones will be properly cared for. Observe one-on-one interactions between team members and residents, if feasible, as an assessment of patience, friendliness, and compassion. You should also inquire about accreditation, training, and background, and check for any negative online reviews.
Begin Your Journey of Assisted Living with TerraBella Spartanburg
Interested to find out more about our assisted living program at TerraBella Spartanburg? Feel free to contact us and our senior lifestyle counselors will be on hand to guide you, schedule a tour, and answer any questions you may have regarding our amenities, lifestyle programs, and any other administrative matters.