There is no standard for assisted living facilities, which vary in size, appearance, cost, and services offered. Some residences provide only meals, basic housekeeping, and help with the activities of daily living. Others go beyond these services and offer transportation and certain health services.
If you are considering multiple assisted living facilities, the best way to determine which is the right one is to schedule a tour, says Tiffany Van Heel, Marketing Coordinator for Highgate Senior Living.
“It is about finding the best fit, and finding the best fit starts with finding the community with the best ‘feel,’” Van Heel says. “Assisted living provides community and support, allowing residents to continue traditional daily activities while pursuing interests and passions that may have previously been out of reach. To get this sense, you need to visit the community and tour the building. The right assisted living community will feel cozy and comfortable, and the people you meet will genuinely care.”
If your visit does not begin with several questions about your family, your loved one, and the type of community you are looking for, be cautious that the community is not truly focused on your needs, wants, and desires but instead is more focused on showcasing what they have to offer.
Once you have had a chance to share what is really important to you in your search for the right community, it is time for you to start asking the questions.
Take these questions along with you, and make sure you get them answered, either by yourself or with a team member. They will help you compare communities and decide on the community that is right for your loved one.
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