The ‘Best’ Assisted Living Community is a Myth, But You Can Find a Best Fit
No one can claim to have found the best assisted living facility, only the best one for their senior. While your friend may recommend the ‘best’ assisted living community for her elderly father and it is right down the street from your mother’s current home, that community may or may not be perfectly suited to your mother. After all, every individual is different. The best environment for your mother is one where she will be comfortable, safe, happy and well looked after by caring staff.
At Adult Care Advisors, we help seniors and their families locate the best fit for an assisted living community based on a number of factors, including budget, nursing needs, service features, and more. Finding the right size, the right amenities, and the right location are all important factors too.
3 Steps to Find the ‘Best Fit’ Assisted Living Community
As you learn about your options for senior care, you can follow these steps to find the best fit:
- Start with online research. Starting online is a great way to narrow down the list of communities that are near you or near where your senior currently lives. You may have to plan a family discussion about the best location if your siblings live in different areas.
- Do some research on the phone. Give each of the communities on your list a call. Find out whether they are accepting new residents and ask them to send you their printed material so you can review it too. Now is a good time to pin down some specifics like whether they offer the type of adult care your senior needs, for example, and to get an idea on pricing.
- Tour a few assisted living communities. Ideally, you will take the senior in need of care on the tour with you. The questions they ask are important indicators about what they are looking for in a new senior living environment and you’ll want to take their concerns to heart.
The assisted living community model is relatively new and designed to serve the changing needs of a society that is aging, but living healthy, longer lives. Throughout the country, adult children regularly juggle two-career households, raise children, get advanced degrees – all while attempting to meet the needs of aging parents who prefer to live as independently as possible. Assisted living communities are designed to fit that gap and they come in a wide variety of options.
At Adult Care Advisors, we help seniors and their adult children determine what is important in an assisted living community specific to their senior. Speak with a senior care advisor before you start visiting assisted living communities to help narrow your search.
Get in touch with our team of senior care experts for information that will help you choose an assisted living community that is the best fit for your senior.