Consider services, programs, and enhanced care when choosing an assisted living community

When selecting an assisted living facility for yourself or a loved one, there are many factors to consider, some of which can be evaluated during a personal tour. Is the facility clean and orderly? Are residents engaged in activities? Does staff provide assistance, if necessary, with daily needs such as medication management, bathing, and dressing?

Along with basic services, consider the program of activities available to residents. Learning does not stop with aging, and opportunities for art classes, acting workshops, dancing, and other stimulating pastimes encourage seniors to maintain their many interests and perhaps even develop new ones.

In addition, consider the benefits of a facility that also provides a residence with skilled nursing care should the need arise. The ability to “age in place” minimizes the stress of change for a senior with increasing health needs.

Through thoughtful communication and careful planning and investigating, a move to assisted living can prove to be a welcome lifestyle change.

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