For many seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility is one of the most important decisions they will ever make. Much like a buying a new house, shopping around for a retirement home requires a fair amount of research and reconnaissance to ensure that loved ones end up in a place where they can live out their golden years in relative peace and comfort.
Four Tips for Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
While the Princeton Health Care Center would love to be the destination of choice for those families looking to find a permanent home for their loved ones in need of daily assistance or round-the-clock medical observation and care, we know that making this big of a decision comes down to more than just a single article. Here are a few tips to consider when deciding on an assisted living facility.
Determine the Level of Care Your Loved One Needs
There is a difference between a senior citizen in need of assistance and a senior citizen in need of constant medical observation and attention. Furthermore, some seniors still can manage most of their daily activities themselves, which is where independent living facilities are a consideration, while others need more things done for them at an assisted-living facility. Knowing what kind of care your loved one needs could help you eliminate some locations that don’t offer those services.
Visit the Facilities in Person
Once you have narrowed it down a bit, it would be wise to visit the facilities in person. There you will be able to get an idea of how spacious and clean the rooms are, what the common spaces look like, or even what kind of food may be served during shared meals. Pictures online do not always do a place justice, so seeing it in person is the only way to get a real sense of it.
Talk to Current Residents
Another advantage of physically visiting a facility is being granted the opportunity to speak with current residents there. If every person you speak to seems happy with their decision to be there, then there’s a good chance your loved one will feel the same way.
Too often families wait until there is an essential need to place a senior in an assisted living facility, but if an accident does occur and a senior has an immediate need for placement in a facility, there may not be appropriate time to do the requisite homework. Looking into this preemptively and perhaps even make some decisions before that immediate need can save a lot of stress and last-minute, ill-conceived decision making.
Here at the Princeton Health Care Center, we offer a variety of services, all of which are personalized for the needs of each unique resident. We also are amenable to tours and interviews with residents so you can get a sense of how your loved one may fit in here. Our facility, which has been around for over 35 years, is a wonderful place for seniors to live. Of course, the only way you will know that for certain is if you pay us a visit!