Posted on: 19 August 2017
It is no easy feat to find the right place to live, and this is true whether you are a millennial or a senior citizen. When you go out on the hunt for senior assisted apartments for yourself or a loved one, the same is true. It is a very important decision and the quality of care that one will receive tops the list of things that must be considered. As you tour communities, here are a few tips:
1. Take Note of the Facility's Cleanliness.
When you walk into an assisted living facility, one of the first things that you are going t be able to notice is how clean (or not clean) the place is. Does it feel and look fresh and clean? Don't just pay attention to the furniture and the floors. Make sure that you also look at the windows, baseboards, and corners. Ask about the frequency of housekeeping in each resident's personal living space and response times on maintenance requests.
As you are touring, if you come across concentrated odors, then they are likely temporary and recent. However, if the odors have been consistent throughout the community, then there is likely a much larger issue at hand. Don't be afraid to address the odor with a manager.
2. Schedule Your Tour During an Activity.
When and if possible, try to do your tour during a scheduled community activity. You may even get to participate. In either case, this will give you a feeling for how the residents and staff partake in them. You can see how many residents attend the events and if the staff seems to enjoy partaking in the activity with the residents. While you are there, look at the calendar to see what types of events are scheduled. Do they coincide with your or your loved one's interests and are they varied in type and size?
3. Indulge in a Meal.
Since there is a good chance that you or your loved one will be dining at the facility if they choose to live there, it is a good idea to sit down and eat a meal while visiting. You will not only get to taste the food and see if it up to par, but you will also get to meet some of the residents in the community. Don't forget to take the time to discuss the different types of foods that are offered, dining procedures, and dining hours.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things that should be addressed when you tour assisted living facilities, but the aforementioned information should give you a good head-start.Share