How to Choose an Assisted Living Community THAT’s Right for You
Whether you’re moving from your own home or from an independent living apartment, seniors transitioning into assisted living have many questions…and fears. The physical demands of moving are a big deal. You probably will have to downsize your possessions and that usually comes with hard decisions to make. But maybe, worst of all, is the fear of the unknown. So if you’re feeling uneasy, you’re not alone. Let us assure you, you can rest easy.
The best time to make the move to assisted living is while your health is at its most optimal. That way you can take the time to tour multiple communities and make a well-considered choice. Once you’re there, you can relax and settle in to your new home. That eases the stress not only for you but your family, too.
When you’re first starting your search, decide on what’s important to you now and what will become important in the future.
Your well-being is priority one. An excellent assisted living community like The Atriums Senior Living Community will put together an individualized care plan in collaboration with your personal physician, specialists, and family members. If you experience health changes or mobility issues, the plan can be modified. Look for trained, experienced staff that will be alert to any warning signs. Your assisted living care team should include the expertise of:
- A medical director
- Licensed clinical nursing staff
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
Assisted living offers help with one or more of the following: bathing, dressing, mobility, incontinence and medication reminders. It’s important to know if your community provides:
- Licensed nursing staff 24/7
- Personal care assistance available around the clock
- An emergency call response system
Chances are you’re not eating as healthy as you used to, especially if you have mobility issues or just cooking for one. As your body ages, your ability to absorb nutrients lessens making good food choices even more critical. Poor nutrition weakens your body and puts you at higher risk for chronic diseases. The Atriums Senior Living Community offers:
- Three meals prepared with fresh, locally sourced food
- A registered dietitian
- Allowances for special dietary needs
Even if you’re not a person who regularly exercises, having a fitness facility and fun, guided group classes can change that. Our community accommodates seniors of all abilities with specially designed equipment. Look for:
- Roomy gyms with plenty of clean equipment
- Pool and water aerobics
- Walking trails
People join a retirement community to feel safe. Make sure the assisted living community you choose has:
- 24-hour front desk staff
- After-hours controlled access
- Enclosed, gated, locked courtyards
- Documented emergency plans and procedures
- Working emergency call systems
- Building modifications throughout for easy access and mobility
- Clearly marked exits
- Sprinkler systems
- Documented emergency plans
This is one of the best aspects of senior living. You’ll have a great apartment and common areas so your family and friends can visit. Getting to know fellow residents and caring staff will also boost your mood and sense of well-being. Look for assisted living communities with:
- Cultural, social and educational activities that interest you
- Common and outdoor areas with comfortable couches and casual eating
- Resident/Family activity calendar
One of the nicest advantages of assisted living is not having to worry about chores and repairs anymore. In a no buy-in community like ours, important services like these are covered in your monthly rent:
- Housekeeping, laundry and linen service
- Onsite maintenance
- Concierge, valet, and transportation services
A building doesn’t have to be new to be appealing. Light, bright interiors, well-maintained grounds all contribute to a comfortable, luxurious lifestyle. Will you have easy access to:
- Game rooms
- Creative studios
- Gardens and outdoor spaces
If you’ve been in the same neighborhood for years, you may feel most comfortable living there. Or you may want to search near the locations of your family and friends. But if you want to widen your search, consider communities located near medical facilities, shopping, and entertainment.
Are you a pet owner? At The Atriums, we know just how pet lovers feel. We’re a pet-friendly community with outdoor areas for walks.
Your research may start online, but once you narrow your list, experience the community first hand by reading brochures and scheduling a tour. The Atriums offers short-term stays so you can try out the lifestyle before making your decision.
We invite you to set up a personal tour of The Atriums Senior Living Community’s assisted living apartments, amenities and services any time. It’s our goal to give you the assistance you need so you can have the independence you want.