When it comes to finding the right senior housing facility, there are a number of different factors that are very important. Determining the best senior housing option for your loved one is not only important to your state of mind, but also important for the future of your loved one. When following these following factors, people are often unhappy about their choice in the end:
Factor #1 – Location
Chances are that you want your loved one close to you to guarantee frequent visits. However, the truth is that the proximity to family should never be the primary reason that you select a senior housing option.
Regardless of how often your loved ones are going to visit, the vast majority of the time that a senior spends in a residential living facility is going to be on ‘their own’ – meaning that they are not with their family. This is why you want to make sure that you make the correct choice for all those hours that loved ones are not actively visiting. Otherwise, you might find that you are disappointed most of the time, just because you opted for proximity. Make sure that you do not rule out a good option, just because it is a half hour farther away.
Factor #2 – A Beautiful Décor
Most families find themselves impressed with a beautifully decorated community when they first walk through the door. The shiniest, newest interiors often receive a great deal of attention. However, just because it is gorgeous does not mean that it is a great place to live. Rather than focusing on the packaging, make sure that it is a good place to live for everyone involved.
“You can’t judge a book by its cover” – this is a true statement here. A physical environment can certainly affect the overall quality of life, but good architecture and a nice color scheme is never going to make up for poor service and a lack of attention.
Factor #3 – The Size Of The Apartment
This can be a difficult thing to explain to seniors, especially if they are downsizing from a much larger home. Even though the physical things that we bring with us do matter, they are not as important as making sure that we are in a good place for ourselves.
It is also important to remember that you want seniors to socialize during the day. This is why the overall size of the apartment is certainly a factor, but not the most important factor. A smaller apartment might mean that seniors are far more likely to go out into the common areas and socialize.
Whether you’re considering making the move to an Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care community, we encourage you to review the services available through Carlton Senior Living. We’re a family-founded, family-focused company, and taking care of you and your loved ones is our mission and our passion.