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7 Tips For Choosing A Senior Care Community

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7 Tips For Choosing A Senior Care Community

Author : Carrie Roberts

Submitted : 2014-01-11 09:07:56    Word Count : 814    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   choosing a senior care community, senior care facility, assisted living facility, senior living, Applewood Our House

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We have to decide how to take care of our parents and grandparents when they are older. Ideally, most of us would not want to put our elderly relatives in someone else's care. Yet, demanding schedules, caring for children, and our own health problems force us to put our elders in formal senior care.

Senior care communities are also called nursing homes and assisted living facilities. If you must place your loved one in a senior care community, you want to make sure they receive the best care possible. In this article, we will discuss seven things you should do before deciding to place your loved one in a senior living facility.

7 Tips for Choosing a Senior Care Community - You've Got to Get it Right the First Time

When choosing a senior care community, it's necessary to take your time, do the research, and make the right decision the first time. If you choose the wrong type of facility, it could cost you more money in the future. In addition, your senior loved one might not feel as confident the second time around when you decide to change locations.

This will probably be one of the most difficult decisions that you will have to make in your lifetime. For that reason, it's better not to jump at the first senior care community that you encounter. There might be a better one just down the road, so make your final decision slowly.

Use these helpful tips to help you make your final decision:

• Check for Certification - Senior living facilities are regulated and licensed at a state level. If a facility is not licensed or not following regulations, then you should avoid it. Regulations make sure that facilities are safe for patients. To see a list of regulation laws in every state, go to the Assisted Living Federation of America's website at alfa.org.

• Get Customer Reviews - Gather reviews from people who have loved ones living in the facility you are interested in. You can even read customer reviews online by looking on the facility's website or just doing a Google search. Hearing someone else talk about their experience or their loved one's experience at the facility can tremendously help you in your decision making process.

• Check for Cleanliness and Safety - Pay attention to how the facility looks as you walk in. Dirty or uninviting places are probable red flags. Use one of the restrooms and look out for trash on the floor, dirty toilets, or dirty sinks. If one restroom is dirty, then the other restrooms are probably in the same condition.

If there is a cafeteria open to the public, go and have lunch. Pay attention to the taste of food, the service you receive, and the overall atmosphere of the cafeteria. How you feel in the cafeteria, is a reasonable indication of how the patients may feel.

Finally, talk directly to the staff and ask them how they maintain the facility. It is okay to remain skeptical if the staff comes off as dismissive, rude, unprofessional, or not knowledgeable about facility maintenance.

• How are Patients Treated - Walk in unannounced one day when it is possible to see staff interacting with patients. Make sure to pay attention to how the staff is speaking to the patients, how the staff is interacting physically with patients, and how staff members are treating each other. If you witness the staff mistreating patients, then you know that the facility is not the right place for your loved one.

• Will Your Loved One Feel Comfortable There - Ask your loved one about how he or she feels about possibly living in the facility. If your loved one protests at all about the facility, listen to their protest and take it into consideration. It might be necessary to start searching for another senior living community.

• What is Your Gut Feeling - Forget about how well the facility presents itself. It does not matter if the facility has a high rating among customers or other rating associations. If you have any kind of unpleasant feeling about the place, you might want to trust your feelings, instead.

• Make Certain It's Affordable - The cost of senior care varies by state and often costs thousands of dollars a month. According to seniorhomes.com, the average cost of senior care was $3,550 a month as of 2012.

7 Tips for Choosing a Senior Care Community - Conclusion

There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a facility for senior citizens. Each family will need to do their own research and come to their own conclusions. In addition to finding a facility that meets your loved one's needs, it must also meet your family's financial needs, as well.

These tips should help you in choosing the right senior care community for your loved ones.

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Learn more about choosing a senior care community. Call or visit one of the Applewood Our House branches today.

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