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Carlton Senior Living San Leandro | January 28, 2010 | By Jonita Dixon

Assisted Living – Choosing a Facility in the Oakland Area

If you were to ask most elderly persons living in America today, what they valued most highly in their personal lives, you would probably find that good health and independence were pretty high up on the list. This is because many of the individuals that make up the current aged population are from a generation when the ability to work and take care of one’s family were consider both privileges and responsibilities that could not be ignored. When it comes to a point when health concerns and safety prevent an aged person from living on their own, it can often be difficult to get used to the idea of assisted living. Here are some tips for choosing an assisted living facility in the Oakland area.

One of the most important things that you should keep in mind when choosing an assisted living community in the Oakland area is that the senior individual or couple should always be as involved as possible in the decision making process. Although friends and family members will be tempted to focus only on the practicalities of the situation, it must be remembered that this will be a big life change for the senior citizen.

Another thing that you have to keep in mind when you’re comparing assisted living facilities is how many options they offer for continued independence in the community. The best facilities are the ones that offer different levels of independent living, from apartments to hospital facilities inside a monitored building. This will allow both the senior citizen and their loved ones to feel comfortable about their safety and privacy while a resident in the community. Most facilities will offer a check list of evaluation to help seniors choose the right level of independence for themselves.

Assisted Living in the Oakland AreaLastly, it’s important to remember that the amenities offered are truly what make the difference when you’re choosing an assisted living facility in the Oakland area. Does the facility have landscaping that is pleasing to the eye, and fitting with the California feel? Is there a pool or spa available to residents, and if they are able, are their services for visiting the beach? These sorts of possible relaxation activities are what makes seniors feel truly comfortable in a facility, and makes it easy for their family to know that they are being well taken care of. Don’t make your decision about a facility hastily, and make sure that all your questions are answered.

In your search for assisted living options, we hope you will consider Carlton Senior Living. Carlton specializes in assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care for seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have communities throughout Northern California in San Leandro, Fremont, Pleasant Hill, Sacramento, San Jose, 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.