When your parents are of an age that you begin to think an assisted living community may be in their best interests, it’s time to talk seriously. It’s not unusual for aging parents to buck the idea of moving out of their homes and into a “center,” simply because they have a misconception of assisted living.
Your parents, and maybe even you, will have a picture of a sterile hospital setting with lonely seniors lining the halls. This is nothing like what assisted living communities are like today. Think of these living centers as a way for your parents to maintain as much independence as possible while having nearby people who can provide the care they need.
If your parents are considering an assisted living community, or if you believe it is time to talk with them about moving into one, there are a few things you should be looking for when choosing a new residence. Not all communities are created equal. Here are some of the things to consider.
- CONVENIENT LOCATION
The first thing to consider is location. You certainly don’t want your parents moving so far away that visiting them becomes a chore instead of a pleasure. The community should be close enough that the family that regularly visits can.
- WHAT’S OFFERED
You and your parents will want to know what the assisted living community offers. Many have social groups, entertainment, and even great meal plans. If your parents have specific interests, finding a community that will allow them to pursue what they love can be significant.
- CAMPUS SETTING
You may want to choose an assisted living community set up like a campus to ensure that your parent’s needs are met now and in the future. While your parents will be just fine in an apartment for now, they may need more skilled nursing care in the future. When you choose a campus-like setting, your parents won’t be put through the hassle of a big move when their needs change.
- CONTRACT DETAILS
When you narrow your choices down, you will want to see the contracts of each community. The contracts should tell you what type of payment is accepted and how, what will happen to your parents’ residence should they require temporary hospitalization, the rules and regulations, and how the community is staffed.
- MAKE A VISIT
Nothing will replace a visit to the assisted living communities you are considering. You and your parents should schedule a visit that will allow you to see the apartments, the grounds, and the common areas at the very least. While you certainly won’t see every nook and cranny, you should be able to see enough that you are able to make an informed decision.
If you are interested in assisted living in the Atlanta Metro area, please call our friendly team members. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a visit to one of our communities.