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5 Aspects to Consider When Choosing an Assisted Living Community

By April 22, 2024No Comments
Aspects to Consider When Choosing an Assisted Living

As our loved one’s age, finding the right senior living arrangement becomes an important consideration. Whether it’s for ourselves or for our family members, the decision to transition to senior living requires careful consideration of various factors. From amenities to care options, the choices can seem overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the process!

Let’s delve into the five essential aspects to consider when exploring senior living options. We understand that this decision isn’t just about finding a place to live—it’s about finding a community that promotes well-being, social engagement, and the right level of care.

Items to consider when choosing a senior living community:

#1 Location

When choosing a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, choosing a home that is close to family and friends is crucial in providing the foundation for a solid support system. A senior living community that is close encourages family and friends to visit regularly, which in turn strengthens relationships, and decreases feelings of isolation.

Another important thing to consider is where the nearest hospitals, clinics, and medical facilities are in relation to the senior living home or community. As we age, proximity and access to healthcare becomes evermore important. Whether it is to provide care in the case of a medical emergency or for routine healthcare needs, accessing quality care quickly and without a long commute is a must.

#2 Size

The size of a senior living home has a large influence on the variety and accessibility of amenities, activities, and care. With larger communities, there are often a wider range of options available in amenities and activities, such as swimming pools, fitness centers, theaters, etc. for you or your loved one to engage in. Due to their size, however, individuals with specialized needs or those who prefer a smaller, more home-like environment, may be overlooked and overwhelmed.

While they may not have as many amenities, individualized care is the focus in smaller communities. With a lower staff-to-resident ratio, caregivers can provide you or your loved one with quicker and personalized responses for assistance, maintenance issues, individualized activities, and services. The smaller atmosphere can also foster a tight-knit community between fellow residents and create a family-like environment.

#3 Services

Everyone has different needs when it comes to healthcare and services. You or your loved one may only require occasional assistance in day-to-day activities, or you may require specialized and consistent care due to medical conditions and mobility limitations. With such a wide range of needs, carefully evaluating and considering the individual preferences and needs that you or your loved one have can make all the difference in finding a home with the right combination of services and an environment that will be enriching and supportive.

Many communities offer dining, housekeeping, and transportation services. These services can play an integral role in you or your loved one’s daily activities and alleviating stress. Assisted Living communities often offer dining accommodations for specialized dietary needs, laundry and cleaning services, and scheduled transportation between medical appointments, shopping trips, and social outings.

Senior living communities often provide care plans that cater to various health needs as well as health and wellness programs like fitness classes and health screenings. These kinds of services can provide you or your loved one with the physical, mental, and overall care and well-being that will promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

For individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, specialized memory care services are vital. They provide secure and structured environments where trained staff provide tailored care and activities designed to ensure safety, comfort, and fulfillment for those with memory loss.

For those who require temporary care, short-term stay options are a wonderful service. This is a great resource for caregivers who need a quick break or for seniors who are in recovery. This service can provide you or your loved one with the chance to experience a senior living community and the services it offers on a short-term basis.

#4 Cost

Moving into a senior living community represents a major financial commitment. By understanding the costs involved, families can assess their own financial preparedness and means to plan for their loved ones accordingly. Affordability and long-term financial stability are key to providing you or your loved one with a home that can accommodate individual needs. Carefully review pricing details and which services are included in the different pricing models that each community offers. Knowing these details will help you create a realistic budget and image of what type of community and home you or your loved one are looking for.

#5 Culture

The culture in a senior living community can have a significant impact on you or your loved one and the experience in a new home. Make sure to consider the nearby cultural attractions, the recreational facilities that are available, and the environment fostered by the location and staff. Senior living communities often provide a variety of social and recreational activities such as group outings, arts and crafts, book clubs, and game nights. Opportunities for socialization and engagement with the staff and other residents are crucial in creating a community where you or your loved one will be comfortable and engaged in a home that is vibrant and uplifting.

Moving Forward

When deciding what senior living situation is best for you or your loved one, each aspect – location, size, services, cost, and culture – plays a significant role in creating a home that promotes well-being, social engagement, and the right level of care. Each person’s needs are unique, and as a result, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Take time to tour and visit different communities, ask questions, and envision the kind of lifestyle that will best suit you or your loved one. Whether you or your loved one will benefit most from a cozy little community in a familiar neighborhood, or a bustling hub of activities in a vibrant city, the right senior living home is out there!

Let Us Help You Today!

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about careers at The Cottages and the care that our residents receive at our Idaho locations. We are experts in assisted living, memory care, respite, adult day care, and have been serving seniors for over 20 years. Our small home-like senior living homes and specially-trained team members offer an atmosphere that promotes the well-being of your loved one.  

If you have any questions, would like to tour one of the Idaho assisted living or memory care homes, or speak with one of our licensed administrators, please fill out the form below. Please mention which location(s) you’re interested in.