When you’re young, it’s hard to imagine your parents aging and getting older. You just see them at that moment, active and healthy, and don’t give much thought to the future. With the baby boomers well into their retirement years now, so many people have elderly parents who may not be able to live on their own independently but don’t require the services of a nursing home. This is where assisted living facilities are filling a very important need, as they allow seniors to still have their independence, but offer a number of services to make their life easier.
If your parent has decided the time is right to move into one of these facilities, there’s no doubt you want to be involved and help them to find the ideal accommodations. With that said, here are some tips and advice that can help you both through the process.
What is Included in the Assisted Living Offering?
The first thing you’ll want to do is clarify what is included in the assisted living accommodations. Typically it will include things like housekeeping services, daily prepared meals, transportation, fitness offerings, a concierge, and even personalized care. This is why it’s a good idea to have a basic list of items your parent will need so you can narrow down your options.
What Are the On-Site Amenities?
This leads into the next question which is, what are the on-site amenities? You may be surprised to find that many of these assisted living accommodations feel more like a hotel or apartment building complete with an on-site gym, activity room, restaurant, lounge area, a pool, outdoor area, and more.
What is the Atmosphere Like?
This isn’t a tangible thing that you can touch, rather it is the feeling you want to look for at the facility. Because your parent doesn’t need a nursing home, there’s a good chance that they are still very active. Finding a facility that nurtures and encourages that healthy active lifestyle will probably fit them best.
Typically, the best way to get a feel for the atmosphere is with a tour. You’ll be able to check out the facility and its amenities in person, as well as chat with residents about their experiences. As New Perspective senior living points out, a whole-body approach – meaning the mind and body – usually benefits seniors the most.
The Cost Has to Factor
Of course, it would be wonderful if the cost wasn’t an issue, but the reality is that your parent probably has a set budget they want to stay within. It’s important to ask and be clear about the cost right from the start, and be sure to ask if there are any extra expenses or items not included.
Location, Location, Location
Finally, there is the location of the facility. If you want to be able to visit your parent on a regular basis, then you will probably want to live nearby.
Take Your Time and Do Your Research
Finding the perfect assisted living accommodations for your parent is all about taking your time and doing your research.