September 26, 2011 by RUI
When considering a tour of an assisted living community, its ambiance should be more than a feeling. It should encompass the staff interaction, apartment choices, and accessibility of home-like amenities. As you enter the community, the vibe should be warm and welcoming. The entire place should look, feel, sound, and smell inviting.
Take note of staff members’ interaction with you and with each other. If staff members are calling residents by name and interacting in a friendly manner with them, then you’ll have a critical clue about the quality of care.
Ask to see all the apartment styles available. Be sure to view both furnished and unfurnished apartments. Note the amenities within the apartment – does it have a full kitchen or a kitchenette? Is the bathroom handicap accessible? Is there storage? What type of view is there from the windows? Is it well lighted? Are the carpeting and window treatments clean? Most importantly, picture you or your loved one and his/her belongings in this space – would it suit them?
Finally, a part of the ambiance of a community is the resident’s accessibility to common areas. Ask about the use of common living rooms, libraries, computer rooms, dining rooms, patios, and porches. Do you see any residents using these amenities during your tour? Observing residents actually using amenities can tell you about how comfortable and functional these rooms can be to residents.
Category: 10 Things to Consider, Assisted Living, Retirement Living, Retirement PlanningTags: 10 things to consider before choosing an assisted living community, ambiance, apartment cleanliness, apartment quality, assisted living, common areas, handicap accessible, retirement communities, retirement living | | Comments Off
September 21, 2011 by RUI
The old adage of “location, location, location” definitely applies to assisted living. In this instance, “location” considerations should include both distance and surroundings. If you are looking for assisted living for a loved one then, maintaining your relationship with them and developing a good relationship with the assisted living community, will require the ability for frequent visits. So carefully consider the driving time and distance to the community.
Also, consider the distance of the assisted living community from both your home and work. Are you most likely to visit during the week, on the weekend, or both? What happens when you are contacted in the event of an emergency? How quickly would you be able to get to the community? If you are looking for a place for yourself, you will want the place you choose to be near friends, family, and quality medical services.
In addition to the driving distance, also consider the surrounding neighborhood in which the community is located. Is it in a rural, urban, or suburban location and what would fit your needs? What are the traffic patterns like? Will there be any new building construction? Is the community well landscaped and well maintained? Is there adequate parking? Determine how all of these factors compliment your personality and needs or those of your loved one.
Category: 10 Things to Consider, Assisted Living, Retirement Living, Retirement PlanningTags: 10 things to consider, assisted living community, driving distance, location, retirement community, retirement living | | Comments Off