Choosing an assisted living community for yourself or a loved one is one of the most important decisions you will make. With no shortage of options, you’ll need to ensure that you are asking the right questions and prioritizing your needs throughout the entire process of searching for your new soon-to-be home. While we understand that the process of searching for and choosing an assisted living community may be overwhelming, we are here to help.
Let’s look at some of our top tips for finding the perfect assisted living community for your individual needs.
1. Go on a tour
Going on a tour of the community will not only give you an idea of the center’s amenities and atmosphere but will also give you a chance to see or interact with staff and residents. Be sure to pay close attention to the community’s atmosphere, dinning schedule and meals, safety features, and resident programs and wellness offerings. If you can take a tour during mealtime or an activity, that’s even better.
2. Be honest with yourself
Being honest with yourself about the level of care you may need is critical. Without a clear understanding of the type of care you are seeking, the staff will be unable to assess if their community is a good fit. Before your tour, we suggest sitting down with a trusted friend or family member to create a list and prioritize your daily needs and challenges.
3. Ask questions
In addition to a tour, you’ll want to speak with the staff. Just as we suggest creating a list of your care needs before your tour, we also suggest creating a list of questions. Questions related to staff certifications and training, security and safety measures, on-site transportation, living arrangements, resident activities, and additional fees/services are all helpful.
4. Look at reviews
Looking at online reviews is an important step in choosing an assisted living community. Be sure to compare reviews from multiple communities in order to get a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of each.
5. Narrow down your choices
Before making a final decision, narrow down your options to your top two or three communities. If you still have questions or concerns, always feel free to reach back out to the staff. There is nothing wrong with requesting a second tour or following up with additional questions after narrowing down your options.
Prestige Senior Care offers a variety of assisted living communities, all designed to offer residents an active and supportive community-living environment. We strive to foster a sense of independence and belonging while creating the perfect balance between activity, engagement, and relaxation.
Learn more about our assisted living communities or request additional information today.