Considering assisted living for someone’s future is not always an easy decision to come by. Many seniors become accustomed to taking care of themselves, living in their own home, and not having to deal with other residents, a dining facility, shared entertainment rooms, and more. However, this type of senior care facility offers numerous benefits, many of which simply cannot be understood by reading a brochure.
This is why a tour is so important.
When seniors consider assisted living, they should go on a tour as soon as possible. Most facilities provide tours at specifically designated times, usually on the weekends, though some facilities do have tours during the week.
These tours give people an opportunity to not just see the facility inside, but also some of the types of rooms available to live in, the dining facilities, entertainment, and other rooms where a variety of activities may take place throughout the week.
It’s important to realize every facility is different.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to assisted living communities. One community may have a completely different layout, floor structure, staffing requirements, and more than one just down the street. Another community may be more focused on memory care than one in the next town over.
It all depends on the senior’s needs.
What does this elderly person require? What are they struggling with? Is it that they are simply alone and feeling lonely? Do they long for times when they could spend an afternoon with friends playing games, watching a movie, taking a stroll, or doing any number of other activities?
On a tour, seniors and their family members or friends accompanying them will be able to ask questions. They may even have an opportunity to meet some of the elderly residents there. Talking to residents firsthand can give people a clearer understanding of what is available, the benefits it offers, and whether or not this will truly be a place in which that senior will be comfortable.
Some assisted living communities may offer private tours, but the only way to find out is to contact the facility directly. If an elderly person in your family is reluctant to go to a tour of an assisted living facility, even though he or she has said they would be interested in this for their future, it’s important to understand why. What would they expect from a tour?
It is not a sales pitch; it is simply a way for prospective residents to truly understand the benefits assisted living has to offer.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.