Choosing the Right Facility
There is great precaution in choosing the right assisted living facility for a loved one. Because there are so many, it’s vital to choose a facility that not only provides and cares for the elderly, namely those close to you, but also a facility that feels comfortable and appeals to you and your seniors. A feature commonly overlooked when searching for a worthy Assisted Living Facility is the size of the residence, which may mean the difference between a paradise or a confusing labyrinth in the eyes of an elder.
Smaller Assisted Living facilities are often more budget-friendly than commercially owned facilities and provide a personalized experience to their residents. Often residing in typical neighborhoods, these facilities are often simple, easy to get around, and less stressful than their large counterparts. They also retain individuality, no other facility exactly like them.
Family-owned assisted living facilities often include the following:
- Greater personal care for the elderly and added assistance with eating, getting dressed, relocating, and hygienic issues on a day-to-day basis along with close supervision.
- In-depth accommodations for each resident’s particular preferences.
- A unique, comfortable, home-like appearance regarding the facility; often with a small, quiet, and relaxing interior.
- Home-cooked meals with appealing tastes and additional tweaks regarding preferences, intolerance, and allergies.
- Closer bonds with employees and other seniors with a stronger atmosphere of trust, like, and acceptance.
- Careful control and distribution of medications, often with occasional visits from doctors and medical assistants.
Large companies and homes associated with assisted living are often independent, hotel-like buildings where seniors are required to complete tasks self-sufficiently. Although some assistance may be given, most personal responsibilities are necessary to do alone, with help only when called for. These facilities often offer apartments for each of its residents, with a spacious dining hall and a complex day schedule.
When a loved one has Alzheimer’s, Dementia or Short Term Memory loss a smaller environment is far easier to adjust to. The residents tend to see the same staff member’s day in day out and in turn the same staff will get to know your loved one on a personal and individual level. Smaller residential Assisted Living facilities tend to have more stability in staffing then some larger institutional facilities. The staff become like a second family to each other and residents.
Whichever setting you select it’s important to visit the residential facility and see what is offered. A phone call can hardly take the place of a good tour. Seeing is believing.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211
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