If you have an aging loved one, selecting the correct senior housing is vital to the future of their health and well-being. We are guessing you already realize all the many benefits to assisted living homes. It can be one of the most important decisions you will have to make at some point. While visiting assisted living communities, the quality of care is of utmost importance first and foremost. The decision to move and when rests entirely on you and your loved one. Here are some of the most important factors to look at when touring assisted living communities.
Follow Your Nose
When touring an assisted living community follow your nose. If you notice that there are odd smells in one area it may be due to a recent incident but a constant foul smell in the entire facility means something else altogether. Inquire how often housekeeping is provided in the senior’s personal living area and get details on response times for maintenance requests and issues. Level of cleanliness should be top notch.
Visit During an Event
The best time to know how a place handles its residents is when you see for yourself what they are doing during a community event. Inquire whether you can watch activities or even participate yourself. Glance at the community events calendar and determine if it matches the interests of your senior loved one. Inquire about access to religious services and know whether there are trips and outing away from the facility.
Eat a Meal
When you are touring an assisted living community you need to get a handle on the quality of meals provided to seniors. While it does have to be healthy meals it should still be savory enough to the residents so they will not neglect their nutritional requirements. Sample the cuisine so you can know yourself. Find out what happens if a resident is not able to come to the dining area to eat.
Security & Safety
Check out the bathrooms if they are accessible or if they have grab bars in convenient areas. Inquire how residents are going to be able to contact staff should they have concerns or if there is an emergency. Find out the patient to staff ratio in order to know whether there are enough people to handle the needs of the residents. Inquire about emergency procedures and determine whether or not staff are certified to perform emergency procedures like CPR or the Heimlich maneuver should someone choke.
Video of an Assisted Living Tour here in Houston