Written by, Samuel K. Burlum, Investigative author, Published by www.SamBurlum.com
Source: Searching for an assisted living facility that offers a quality standard of life, one that your loved one may be use too, can be a daunting task. There are some considerations to keep in mind when searching for the ideal residency to help care for your loved one, including how much tender loving care (TLC) is reflected in the staff’s service and the facilities/grounds themselves.
There are several styles and levels of quality when a family member is shopping for the best assisted living facility to suit their loved one’s needs; including the provision of personal care and facility amenities. Most seniors in their golden years are hesitant of taking residence at an assisted living facility due to the stereotypical stigma of the traditional “old folks home.”
Initially, a family member needs to define what the standard of quality of life should be for their loved one. These preferences will vary person to person based on several factors. Ask yourself these questions about the individual which you are trying to help find new residency in an assisted living facility:
Q. How active of a life style does my family member currently have? If your loved one is a busy bee, engaged in many activities and hobbies, and still wishes to enjoy spending time on these things, you will need to locate a facility that has plenty of hands on things to do.
Q. How mobile is my loved one? If your family member is still able to get around on their own, or has a restless personality where they must stay on the go, then you will want to search for a facility that offers transportation off the grounds to local venues. Also, the facility should be situated on grounds that offer many walking paths inside as well as outside to accommodate for inclement weather.
Q. Is my loved one ready to experience a life style without so many possessions? Most assisted living facility rooms are much like hotel rooms, providing just enough space for what you need. You may want to search for a facility that provides larger living spaces for your loved one’s things.
Q. Is my loved one a social butterfly or do they like to keep to themselves? If your loved one enjoys being around other people, you will want to locate a facility that offers social engagements and group activities.
Q. Is my loved one a private person? If they are, search for a facility which offers entry to their rooms which provides privacy from main halls and social areas of the facility.
Q. Does my loved one have a large family and do they intend to visit on a regular basis? Not every loved one is so fortunate, however if they are, then you will desire to find an assisted living facility with plenty of family rooms reserved for visiting.
Q. Does my loved one celebrate their youth? If your loved one is still celebrating their youth, then an assisted living facility should be your target. Many families confuse the term nursing home with assisted living facility. These two health care units differ in the level of care residents need on a daily basis.
Q. Will my loved one need to transfer to a rehab, nursing home, or memory care unit in the future? If the answer is yes, then you may want to consider a facility that offers continuity in care where residents, as they become patients, can be rest assured to receive the same quality services from the same quality staff.
Not many facilities offer an all exclusive, multi-care service units, one under the same roof. Health care administrators and innovators have found value in offering total continuity of care, so now new senior health care facilities are being designed to include rehab services, nursing home, memory care, and assisted living all on one campus.
An example of this type of facility is located in Weston, Wisconsin. Pride TLC Therapy and Living Campus serves as a model facility in the industry as one of the fully equipped, total encompassing centers that offer services and accommodations for all four types of senior care, while preserving a quality of life that most individuals in their golden years may not have opportunity to experience. These residents won’t have to travel far, but just down the hall to enjoy many of the same amenities their main street had to offer, including: full service salon-barber shop, chapel, movie theater, dining areas, meeting areas, fitness room, libraries and family meeting rooms.
Samuel K. Burlum is an investigative reporter who authors articles related to economic development, innovation, green technology, business strategy, and public policy concerns. Burlum is also a career entrepreneur who lends his expertise as a consultant to start-up companies, small businesses, and mid-size enterprises, providing advisement in several areas including strategic business planning, business development, supply chain management, and systems integration. He is also author of The Race to Protect Our Most Important Natural Resource-Water, Main Street Survival Guide for Small Businesses, and Life in the Green Lane-in Pursuit of the American Dream.