With the choices available today, moving your loved one into a retirement home or senior community is no longer a last resort, but a preferred choice.
When choosing a retirement home, there are several factors to consider, and there are also some basic qualities that should be evident.
Questions to Ask When Researching Retirement Homes
- Is it safe? Most importantly, the community and home should be safe and sanitary and able to meet your loved one’s needs now and in the future. The community should offer a variety of living choices to meet healthcare needs. That way the resident can remain at that community if additional nursing service is needed. For additional safety, are emergency call switches or personal emergency bracelets or necklaces provided? Assistance with medication and other needs should be available, too.
- What options are available? If your loved one is still able to maintain a level of independence, make sure they are able to come and go as they please. Determine if the community has attached garages for easy access to their car. Make sure the home is maintenance-free with a variety of floor plan options that may include one or two-bedrooms. Also, living is more comfortable with sunrooms, dens, laundry rooms and full kitchens. Does the facility offer laundry service and meals? You should ask about social activities and scheduled transportation to shopping, restaurants and appointments.
- Is the staff friendly and caring? Observe the communication between the staff and the elders. Do they call the seniors by their first name and engage in conversation? Are they polite when addressing the seniors and seem happy to be interacting with them? Also, make sure the staff is prompt when handling needs the seniors have. All care should be personalized, making the seniors feel safe and comfortable.
- Where is the retirement home located? It’s a good idea to be located close to your loved one’s new home. This way, you can check up on the senior as often as you’d like. Plus, knowing their loved ones are nearby might make the transition for the senior a bit easier, too.
- What are the costs? Know the entry fees and whether a long-term commitment is required. Ask what services are included with the costs, such as activities, transportation, and other services.
Remember, this will be your loved one’s new home. You want to make sure you choose the right retirement home that meets all their needs.
American Senior Communities offer a variety of living choices. To learn more, please visit www.ASCSeniorCare.com.