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WCSS Blog Entry
July 27, 2020
Top 4 Considerations When Assessing Senior Living Communities
With over 28,900 assisted living communities in the US, it’s certainly more challenging for families to find the right second-home for their loved-one. Each community has its set of advantages and disadvantages. Many factors will inform your final choice, including family dynamics, costs, level of assistance required, healthcare options, and more.
Thankfully, families searching for senior living communities can depend on professional placement services offered free-of-charge at We Care Senior Solutions. Before delving into the particulars of the service, let’s first look at four considerations when choosing senior living communities.
1) The level of care needed
Your parent’s medical and personal care needs influence the amount of care to be provided. Remember that their needs grow with age. The right planning focuses on choosing a living community that accommodates future needs.
Your mom or dad may have the capacity to handle their own personal care for now. But what happens if their decision-making capacity reduces in a couple of years? There are different facilities to consider, including:
● Independent retirement communities;
● Memory care units;
● Assisted living facilities;
● Residential care facilities;
● Nursing homes.
2) Weather and location
As your parent ages, their body’s response to inclement weather reduces. In cold weather, older adults lose heat faster. Low temperatures, for instance, aggravate rheumatic pain in patients with arthritis and may bring on hypothermia.
Hot weather is great, but too much may cause heat stress. The warm weather in Florida draws retirees, but there is an active hurricane season. In short, open your eyes to all the benefits and drawbacks of weather.
Relocating thousands of miles away to a tropical country or different state has its challenges, also. Family members may feel frustrated that they can't visit regularly. Many retirees also relocate closer to their children out of being lonesome.
3) Quality standards at the community
One of the best time investments is touring the senior living community under consideration. You should not be just impressed by a well-furnished facility with neat surroundings and top-tier resident rooms.
Pay attention to the staff members. They interact with your parents on a day-to-day basis. Opt-out if they seem to have bad attitudes and a lack of professionalism.
Another trick is to visit during mealtimes. The dining experience, including the food quality and presentation, is one of the major points of dissatisfaction in assisted living residential facilities.
Consider the general happiness of the residents. Are they satisfied, happy, well-taken-care-of, and content?
4) How your parents will spend their time
Transitioning from work into retirement means having more time to pursue things that are dear to the heart. Senior living communities strive to provide activities for their aging residents, from recreational tours, volunteering opportunities, transport to religious and spiritual centers, outdoor pools, group activities, wellness, and fitness centers, and more.
Consider if the facility you have in mind is close to local theaters, museums, restaurants, parks, etc.
The Bottom Line
“Aim to get optimum satisfaction for your parent.”
And we have seen how the process of finding the right community or facility is stressful, frustrating, and time-consuming for families involved.
You can be assured of free, no-obligation, and professional services from We Care Senior Solutions. We are one in a million because, not only will we negotiate rates on your behalf, we will also accompany you during local tours when available to do so. In today's COVID world, some communities and care homes will allow a socially distant tour for a limited number of people and we will work with the communities to set that up for you on a case by case basis.