Making the Most of Your Assisted Living Home Visit
April 10, 2019
Moving in to an assisted living home is a hard transition to make, and you want to be sure you’ve found the right home in the first place. When you’re touring assisted living homes and seeing which one best fits the needs of your loved one, there are certain things you should be on the lookout for.
For starters, it’s important to know the basic things to look for, or your own personal criteria. This means asking about what kind of meals are offered at the home, what amenities do they have that can help your loved one, what security measures they take so you know your loved one is safe, and asking what they will do to take care of your loved one. You want to make sure that the assisted living home you choose can accommodate the basic needs of your loved one.
It may be a good idea to eat a meal there, or visit during a community activity, to see how the food actually is and how the community interacts. You can also talk to residents and families of the residents to see how they like the home and if it may really be a good option.
How Clean Is It?
Cleanliness is a huge deal. If you feel like something isn’t clean, or you smell something that isn’t clean, it might be time to look at another local assisted living home. You want to make sure that the home invests in property maintenance, fast-acting janitorial staff, staff members who maintain the hygiene of the residents. The point of an assisted living home is to get help taking care of your loved one and to make sure their health and safety is not at risk, and it could be if the assisted living home is unclean.
How is the Staff?
Pay attention to the staff when you visit assisted living homes. Are they nice to the residents, how do they carry themselves around the home, are they the type of people you want to take care of your loved one? Make sure they know how to take care of your loved one if they have health issues that may require special care. The more experience, the better! You should also be aware of the staff to resident ratio. You have to make sure that your loved one is receiving the attention and care they need on a daily basis.
Visit Kenwood Care
While you’re looking for these things, you have to keep in mind that this new home is for your loved one, not you. Their opinion about the home is the most important. At Kenwood Care, we know that this is a new home for your loved one, and we know it can be hard to transition in to an assisted living home. We are prepared to welcome your loved one with open arms in to our community and make Kenwood Care your loved one’s new home. Call us today for more information or to schedule a visit.