Have you noticed that your parent or older relative is having trouble moving around the house and keeping up with all the day to day tasks that they used to enjoy? Getting older is a wonderful time in a person’s life, where they should have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the important things, like family and personal hobbies. Seniors who have health conditions which impede on their lifestyle are encouraged to consider assisted living communities as an option that will allow them to retain their independence while providing the supervision and security that will make you feel comfortable.
Choosing from the available assisted living communities in this country can be an overwhelming task, and if you’re interested in making the right decision for the seniors in your life, it’s very important to allow them to be part of the process. Of course, there are some health situations in which it isn’t possible or practical to include the desires of the senior in the process, and in these cases, it’s important to work with the staff of the proposed facility to make sure that the programs available will meet their medical and emotional needs.
When possible, always visit the assisted living communities that you’re considering before you make a decision. Many times things can look one way on a website or in a brochure, and then feel completely different when you are experiencing it in person. When you can, consider visiting the facility at different times of day, so that you can observe the daily operations, and get a feel for the number of residents that regularly participate in group activities, utilize the dining facilities, engage in recreational time, and interact in common areas. These are the things that will give most seniors the best feel for how well they will fit into the community.
Always feel free to inquire about the education and experience of the staff members with whom you or your loved one will interact with most often in the assisted living communities that you are considering. If you are dealing with a particularly difficult medical condition, such as Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, it’s important to make sure that the staff has the knowledge and patience to deal with the situation correctly and that they offer memory care program. Pay special attention to affiliations with local organizations or research non-profits that are responsible for education on these topics, and never settle for less than you deserve.
In your search for assisted living options, we hope you will consider Carlton Senior Living. We specialize in assisted living and have communities throughout Northern California in Pleasant Hill, Fremont, Sacramento, San Jose, San Leandro, Elk Grove, Davis and Sacramento. With over 30 years of experience, you may have known us for our Carlton Plaza and Chateau communities: Carlton Senior Living continues to offer the same outstanding service in the same great communities that we have for over three decades. What’s more? Carlton will soon be offering assisted living options in Concord, Santa Rosa and Vallejo. For more information, please call us at 800-227-5866.