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At some point a loved one may no longer be able to live on their own, either due to illness or just because of age related difficulties. Assisted Care Homes or also know as assisted living facilities, care for seniors who need help with some of their everyday activities such as going to their appointments, cooking, dressing, looking after their housekeeping and other tasks.

Besides the above, what should you look for when choosing from many assisted care homes for your loved one?

  • Personalized plans, 24-hour support and access to care, health and medical services

It’s important that in any senior care assisted living home that is chosen, your loved one will always have someone nearby or on call that can help them if needed. Depending on their health, different levels of care should be available.

  • Exercise and wellness programmes

In order to continue living well and make the most of their remaining years, being involved in physical activities and other interests is important and should be available in the senior care assisted living home.

  • Social and recreational activities

Just as with the above, it’s important that your family member has opportunities to meet others. Moving into an assisted care home is a big change for them and being able to share their time with others will help the transition go more smoothly.

  • Friendly staff and happy residents

Take a look at the staff and see if they are stressed or overworked. Do they interact with the residents in a pleasant way and take the time to help them? Do the residents appear cheerful and spend time together?

  • Healthy meals that follow necessary diets

Drop in at mealtime and check that the residents are receiving meals that are healthy and if they are on a special diet, ensure that the diet is being followed. Are the meals substantial enough? Do they have snacks available throughout the day?

  • A clean, safe, comfortable environment

This should be near the top of your list. Your loved one deserves a clean, well maintained place to live, where they will be safe and comfortable.

  • Emergency system in place

All assisted care homes should have a system in place for residents in case of emergencies. In most homes this is also noticeable on signs in the building. Check that the home you choose has your loved one’s best interest at heart when it comes to their safety.

Make sure your loved one takes a good look at the senior care assisted living facility with you and agrees with your choice. After all, they are the one who will be living there! Help them personalize their room or apartment and make it into a home.

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  1. It really helped when you mentioned how you should look for an assisted living facility where the staff interacts with the residents in a friendly way. I can understand that taking the time to do this can help you understand the quality of the services offered and make sure you choose a facility where your aging parent can be well cared for. We are looking for a good place where our mom can be taken care of and helped to get around, so I’m glad I found your post.

  2. I like your tip to visit the assisted living facility you are thinking of using at mealtime so you can see that they provide healthy options. My family is looking for a great assisted living facility that we can have my grandma stay in since she lost grandpa. Since she doesn’t react well to wheat, I will definitely make sure the home we take her to is able to accommodate her diet.

  3. I think it is a great idea to drop in at mealtime and check out what is being served. My father-in-law has a very sensitive diet due to several operations he had, so it’s important that he gets proper meals that would be healthy for him. It might be time to look at look at getting him set up with assisted living.

  4. I think it can be a very emotion thing when you have to make a decision about putting a loved one into a nursing home or choosing in-home care services. If this is your first time
    it can be confusing and overwhelming. I really like this article because it is excellent read. Thanks! please keep up the good content.

  5. My mother has been staying with us for some time now, but we are looking for some alternative solutions to help care for her. An assisted living home seems like it might be a good option for us. As you said when choosing a facility, its good to find a place that incorporates exercise and wellness programs. We will look for this. Thanks for sharing!

  6. My grandma has gotten to the point where she needs more help than we can give her, but we weren’t sure where to take her. It’s interesting that you say to make sure that the staff isn’t stressed or overworked. It would be nice to know that the environment is going to be happier.

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