Finding the right assisted living facility can be a time consuming and emotional process. You can narrow your choices by asking three key questions that you can ask the staff to help you determine if a home is suitable for both you and your loved ones needs and personality.
- Level and Quality of Care
Different facilities focus on different levels of care so it is important to find the level of care that is best suited for your situation. If your loved one needs medical assistance, you want to be sure to ask if there are doctors on site and the levels of care they offer. Even if your loved one is in fairly good health, you want to know if their condition worsens or their health deteriorates will they be taken care of or will they have to change facilities. You can ask if caregivers are assigned to the same group of residents or are they constantly changing. Ask if they provide training for their staff and if they are evaluated regularly on their ability to provide a certain level of care.
Observe the other residents when touring a facility and speak with them about the living conditions. You will get a pretty good idea of the level of care just from their attitude or response.
- Meals and Activities
Meals are a big part of everyday life and you want them to be nutritious as well as enjoyable. Ask if their meal service offers a variety of choices. It may help to know if the dining arrangement is restaurant style, buffet, or family style. Are meals only allowed during scheduled times or are snacks and meals available to residents 24 hours a day?
What type of recreational activities are available? Are there activities that allow residents to socialize or stimulate their mind and mobility? Do they offer activities that your loved one would enjoy?
- Costs and Services
Often facilities seem affordable until you factor in additional costs for extra services. It is important to know what services are included with your monthly payment and how much is covered by Medicaid or Medicare. If your loved one is interested in a service or activity not included in the monthly fee, ask how much more the extra charge will cost.
We want the best for our loved ones but can always be there to provide the level of care they need. It is important to take the time and ask questions when selecting a facility for them. After all, their happiness is important to their health.
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.