If you or a loved one could use a helping hand with a few tasks of daily living, such as bathing safely, getting dressed or managing medications, an assisted living community could be the perfect answer.
However, many families are not familiar with all the advantages available. Before making the decision, touring an assisted living community is essential. We can help you gain the needed insight by highlighting the important features to look for and the questions to ask.
What to Look for When Touring an Assisted Living Community
The following characteristics can suggest you’ve discovered a great new home when touring an assisted living community:
A warm welcome: From the moment of arrival your loved ones should feel a sense of welcome. This will become their new home and you’ll want them to feel happy to be there.
A home that can become theirs: When touring an assisted living community, ensure that your parents can visit a model home if not their specific apartment. Consider ways it can be personalized to make it their own.
A caring and compassionate staff: Spend time with the staff to get a better idea of how they interact with the residents and family members.
A variety of activities and social events: Make sure there are several choices and opportunities to meet the other residents and begin building friendships.
Nutritious and delicious dining: If possible, arrange to share a meal when touring an assisted living community so you can see and taste, firsthand, what is available.
Fitness and wellness opportunities: Remaining physically and cognitively fit may have become more difficult at home. Tour the fitness center or sit in on a class.
Scheduled transportation: If no longer driving, you’ll want to make sure there are transportation options available. Most communities provide rides to medical appointments, shopping or social events.
Security and safety features: Look for added safety features in both the personal residences and in the community.
Questions to Ask When Touring an Assisted Living Community
1. What is the training of the staff and are background checks required?
They will be caring for your loved one and you’ll want to verify their experience.
2. What is the ratio of staff-to-residents?
It’s important that the staff will have the time to spend with your loved one and provide for their needs.
3. What type of services are provided when assisting residents?
Ensure their services will meet the needs of your loved one, such as bathing, grooming or help getting ready for bed.
4. Is the staff on-site 24/7?
You’ll rest easier knowing that someone is on-site around the clock in case your loved one needs assistance.
5. Is there an on-site physician or registered nurse?
Ask about the oversight of the care teams. Does a doctor or registered nurse review the care plans?
6. How are new residents made to feel welcome in the community?
Assisted living can greatly influence an individual’s quality of life but it can take time to make the transition. Ask how the community can help your loved one begin to feel at home.
7. How are family members supported to remain engaged?
Families often need to adjust as well. How does the community make the families feel welcomed and engaged with their loved ones.
8. Are pets allowed and are there any restrictions?
If your parents have a furry friend, you’ll want to make sure it’s no problem to bring along to their new home. You’ll also want to know about any restrictions in breeds or sizes.
9. How are care plans created and how often are they reviewed?
Ask how the community creates a specialized care plan for your loved one and who will have input. Also inquire how often they are reviewed and revised if necessary.
10. What are the fees and what services are included?
Although not the most important quality when ensuring your parent will have an enriched life, understanding the costs and included services is essential.
An Additional Tip to Consider When Touring an Assisted Living Community
Families often acknowledge an enhanced positive experience when they tour a specific assisted living community. Whether it’s an intuitive sense while interacting with the residents, seeing a bright smile on a staff member’s face or feeling reassured that their loved one will be taken care of, it’s important to pay attention.
When comparing communities, you will come across many with similar amenities and services. When making your choice, it may come down to a feeling or intuition but most discover they won’t go wrong by trusting their instincts.
Assisted Living at Seaside Hallandale Beach
We’re here to answer any questions you may have about senior living and invite your family to see how our community can encourage and promote a higher quality of life.
We encourage you to visit Seaside Hallandale Beach, which is designed to provide activities and social opportunities to help our residents in reaching their wellness goals.
Supporting our residents to age well, we believe you or your parents will enjoy the services and amenities available in our pet-friendly community:
A monthly social calendar of activities
Beautiful common spaces to socialize
A spacious courtyard
An outdoor pool with a covered patio
Personalized fitness and wellness programs
Easy and safe access to the beach