Selecting an assisted living community is not an easy decision to make. This is going to be your new home. You not only want to make sure that it is one you feel comfortable in, but you also want to make sure that it has all the services and amenities you need. Therefore, it is important to do your research. Here are four tips for selecting an assisted living community.
1. Make Sure It Has the Levels of Care You Need
Not every resident moving into an assisted living community needs the same level of care. Because of this, it is important to make sure that the community you are looking at has personalized care options, meaning that you can get the help you need—without your independence being taken away. Here at the Mission at Agua Fria, we have one of our licensed nurses complete an assessment of residents before move-in. This allows us to develop a personal care plan that we will adhere to.
2. Pay Attention to the Location
The location of the assisted living community you are going to choose is vital for a couple of reasons. First, you want to be close to your family so it’s convenient for them to visit you. Secondly, you want to be in an area that has things to do. Of course, the assisted living community should have plenty of amenities on campus for you to take advantage of, but sometimes, you may want to get out and go shopping, go out to eat, or enjoy a nearby park.
3. Learn What Services and Amenities Are Offered
Choosing an assisted living community that offers a wide variety of services and amenities is important to your overall well-being. From cultural and recreational programs that will stimulate socialization to restaurant-style dining with nutritious meals, to enrichment services to stimulate the mind, you want to choose a community that has things to keep you engaged, occupied, and having fun. Plus, amenities like weekly housekeeping, 24-hour on-site care staff, and a complete line of personal care services will make life easier for you.
4. Go On a Tour
You likely would not purchase a home without seeing it in person first, so why would you choose an assisted living community without seeing it first? Going on a tour will allow you to see the place, how clean it is, and how happy residents are. It will also allow you to meet with the care staff in person and ask any questions you may have. Finally, going on a tour will let you see the apartments the community has to offer so you can see and get a feel for the type of place you will be living in.
Selecting an assisted living community is not a quick and easy choice, but by following the four tips above, you will make an informed decision. Here at the Mission at Agua Fria, we have all the above-mentioned and more, so schedule a tour today.