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How to Choose an Assisted Home for Your Senior Loved One

Assisted living facilities are meant for seniors who are mainly independent but need help with certain daily individual needs, like bathing, mobility or medication reminders. Also offered in such facilities are health care services (emergency and non-emergency), health and fitness programs, social activities, recreation, and more.

We all want the best assisted living community for our ourselves and our senior loved ones, but not all of these places are the same. Therefore, you have to do some research and look through your options thoroughly.

How do you begin? Explore the different assisted living communities in your desired area, creating a shortlist. Then set an appointment with each one so you can personally make a visit. You may have to set aside time for this, but you will have peace of mind, knowing that your loved one is in a happy and safe community.

The following can help you make a wise decision:

Staff Members

Let’s begin with the staff members. They absolutely have to be well-trained, but that is usually a given. Usually, what really spells the difference is their attitude. Choose a community where the staff are compassionate and have and genuine.

Staff-to-Resident Ratio

On top of good training and sincerity, assisted living staff should also have enough care providers for all the residents. Regardless of their good attitude or training, they will never be enough if their numbers are not enough.

Written Care Plan

Check if the residents in a facility you’re eyeing have a written individual care plan. If not, they may have unidentified and therefore unmet needs.


It is important to know as well if a facility can manage your senior loved one’s needs in the future. Of course, you have to choose a facility that is well-prepared.

Holistic Environment

Just because they have aged doesn’t mean their needs are confined to the physical. Like us, they also need socialization, entertainment and spiritual food. Choose a place where your loved one’s needs will be met on all fronts.

More Considerations

There can be a million other things to check when choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one, but remember to consider the basics. Check the kitchen, for example. It should be clean, and the service should be good. Visit during mealtime so you will see the actual dynamics. Another basic is call buttons. The facility should have enough.

You can also sit around the outdoor area, observing how the residents communicate with each other. Just by looking at them talking to each other, you will somehow gauge if they’re happy in the facility.

Before choosing an assisted living community for a loved one, make sure you have compared at least two or three options. Without any point of reference, you cannot accurately say that any facility is the best.

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