As people age, they start finding it difficult to independently perform important activities of daily life such as bathing, dressing, walking etc. This is particularly true for the people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Moving them to an assisted living home at this stage is an ideal choice to ensure that they are properly taken care of. Although it is a quite difficult decision - both for the elderly and the family members, but it is equally important for their complete health care.
Here are some of the important considerations to keep in mind while choosing an assisted living home:
Proximity: Try to move your elderly to a home that is near to your place of residence or where you can reach easily. This way, you will be able to frequently visit them and ease their periodof transition.
Caregivers: Make sure that the assisted living home you are considering has professionally trained staff to be able to meet the demands of your seniors. There should also be doctors on-call to provide proper medical care round the clock, if need arises.
Meals: Determine the meal plan of the assisted living home. Make sure that the food they serve to their residents is healthy and nutritious. Seniors may face the problem of appetite loss and degeneration of taste buds over time. Thus, the food must be appealing to look, fresh and fulfill the dietary needs of the elderly.
Activities: The home should also organize various activities to nurture the physical, mental and social well-being of their residents. Staying idle and alone all the day can be very depressing for the elderly. They should be engaged in activities that are fun, interesting and stimulate their cognitive abilities.
Amenities: This is the factor that distinguishes a good assisted living home from all others. Ask the staff about the amenities that they offer for the comfort of the elderly. These may include private courtyard, landscaped exterior, cabinetries, individual activity centers, salons and spas, housekeeping, laundry etc.
Cleanliness: Walk around the entire facility to see how much they take care of the cleanliness. The residents’ clothes should be clean. The outer area should be well maintained. The rooms and common areas should be clean and tidy.
Safety: One of the main reasons for moving an elderly to an assisted living home is to ensure that they are living in a safe environment. Make sure that there are proper security arrangements in the facility such as safety cameras, walk in showers, secured courtyard and outdoor walking paths etc.
Cost: Analyze the monthly costs of the assisted living home according to the service provided by them. Determine what and what not is included in the monthly charges.
Assisted living homes are a good place to make the seniors feel independent and assured that assistance is available whenever needed.