The decision to relocate yourself or a loved one to a senior living community is rarely an easy choice. Sifting through all the possible senior living options requires thorough research and careful consideration of a number of factors, such as care options, accommodations and activities offered. Identifying a few important questions to ask the employees at each potential location is a good way to find the best one for you or a loved one. Here are the top three questions we recommend asking:
1. What Care Options Do You Offer?
Every resident in a senior living community has their own needs. Some only require assistance with regular medication, but others require more intensive care with quick access to staff members at all times. Narrowing your search to the type of care community that best suits you or your loved one will cut down on the amount of time you need to spend looking. There are a number of different types of senior care communities, but three of the most common are:
Assisted Living: This type of housing is a good choice for those who need extra help throughout the day, such as help with dressing or bathing.
Memory Care: These locations are designed for those with debilitating memory issues, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or related Dementias.
Independent Living: Independent living usually offers apartment-style homes for seniors who don't need regular assistance but who could benefit from the senior living community.
2. How are the Accommodations?
All senior living communities should offer the same basic amenities for residents but each one likely has its own list of special amenities and features. Going through the list of each community's features can help you identify the right place for you or your relative. For example, if you want separated laundry in your own apartment rather than “communal” style laundry rooms, you'll need to look for a place that offers more traditional home-style accommodations. If you'd prefer to have meals cooked for you, you’ll want to stick to looking for a place that has a kitchen staff and provides meals throughout the day. Each community you look at should be able to hand you a list of layout options and the features residents can enjoy.
3. What Activities are Available?
Regular social activities help seniors stay engaged and active. If activities are important to you or your loved one, you will want to ask what activities are available at each place. You may even ask to see that week’s activity schedule. If you're searching for a location that offers a diverse range of events, look for one that plans activities both inside and outside. Regular excursions away from the facility help seniors maintain a sense of independence and a connection with the community. A good range of activities at the community might include fitness activities, parties, classes and movie nights.
Choosing the right senior living community for yourself or a family member starts with asking the right questions. The insight gained from asking these three recommended questions will make your choice much easier, and after you’ve selected the place, you can rest assured knowing you made a well-informed decision.
The staff at each of our Villagio communities is happy to answer these and any other questions you might have. With multiple senior care locations in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma, one of our communities is sure to provide the care, amenities or activities perfect for you. Contact us today to find a community that meets your care needs.