It is unlikely that you have ever moved into a home without first going inside in seeing it. You will have at least seen pictures of the inside of the homes that you are familiar with the layout and know what it has to offer before you choose to live there. If this is true for everywhere you have lived, why should it be any different when you are transitioning your aging loved ones into an assisted living facility. Before you choose the facility into which your loved ones will move, make sure that you take a careful tour of the facility so that you are comfortable with the area, and so that you are able to help your parents get used to their new surroundings.
Taking a tour of an assisted living facility is an important element of choosing the one that is right for your parents. Of course you want to choose the one that’s going to be most comfortable for your parents, but you also want to make sure that you choose the one that offers the best care facilities, and perhaps the one with the most amenities to help your parents address their regular needs, such as a pharmacy, a barber, a hairdresser, and laundry services.
Consider dropping into a prospective assisted living facility unannounced, and asking for a tour. Knowing that you are being given a tour without prior arrangements being made can help you to feel more confident that you are going to see with the facility is actually like on a day-to-day basis, rather than what a person may want you to see. If the staff seems resistant to giving you a tour, or shows you only a very few areas, be wary of that facility. Consider touring several others and note the differences.
When touring assisted living facility, there are certain things that you need to make sure you see.
- An example of a unit that is like the one where your parents will live
- The dining area
- The community room and other living areas
- Any recreation rooms or facilities
- Any treatment areas or medical facilities
- Any outside areas where the residents are allowed
- Any special amenities that are offered
Consider touring the assisted living facility independently before bringing your aging loved one with you. It is better that you narrow down the options before getting your loved one’s opinion because many seniors will simply choose the first facility that they see in order to shorten the process, or if they know that there are many others will want to see as many as possible. By offering just one or two options you will make the choice much simpler and more effective.
When researching options for assisted living facility in Friendswood, TX call us at (832) 315-3219. Assisted Living counselors at Serenity Gardens are available to talk with you about your caregiving needs while providing better, affordable care for you or a loved one.