Finding the Right Community
Finding the Right Community for your Loved One
If you’re concerned about a Loved One….
- Determine the need: Your first step is to make an honest appraisal of whether your loved one can continue to live at home. If you are concerned about their safety and well-being it's time to consider assisted living for their own well-being and your peace of mind.
- Have the conversation: Talk to your loved one about your concerns. Hopefully, they will understand and be receptive to considering assisted living. If they resist, talk to their doctor or someone else they trust to enlist their support. Seniors will oftentimes heed the advice of a trusted professional such as their doctor or their pastor before listening to their children.
- Call Graceful Senior Solutions Why would you go about such an important process of finding the right community for your loved one without the assistance of a knowledgeable professional? Instead of going through the search without any direction, Graceful Senior Solutions will guide you every step of the way The process begins with a personal meeting to discuss your loved one’s situation. We’ll then connect you to communities that will meet your loved one’s needs, preferences and resources. We’ll also accompany you on community visits if you desire! Now, you’re ready to start visiting and comparing communities.
- Visit more than one community. Selecting a senior living community is a big decision, like buying a house or a car. Even if you like the first community your visit, you owe it to yourself and your loved one to visit more than one.
- Have another family member or trusted friend go with you when you tour a community. It's always beneficial to have another person's perspective. If you’re seeing more than one community, have the same person accompany you.
- Allow at least one hour to tour a community. Do not tour more than two communities in one day. After that, you'll go on sensory overload and you won't be in a position to effectively evaluate what you're seeing.
- Take notes on each community you visit. Ask the same questions of their representatives and compare their responses.
- Observe the interaction between staff members and residents. Is it cheerful and respectful? Do the staff members seem genuinely interested in the residents?
- Meet the Care Director and ask about their care philosophy. Meet the Activities Director and review the Activities calendar. Does it contain a variety and suitable amount of activities for the residents?
- Meet the chef and sample a meal (lunch or dinner). The community should be more than willing to accommodate you. If they're not, that's a red flag.
- Meet with the community administrator. He or she is the person who sets the mood of the whole community. When you meet, ask to review the community's licensing report. This will outline any complaints the community may have received during inspections. If there were any problems, ask how they were corrected.
- Determine what the cost will be. The community’s rates should be clearly stated in writing with no hidden charges. Ask if any specials or move in discounts are being offered. Communities will sometimes offer specials, particularly if there are vacancies.
- When you have selected a community, have the contract reviewed by an elder law attorney before you sign it.
- Enjoy peace of mind knowing your loved one is living in a safe, caring place!
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