When you’re helping your mother or father look for the right assisted living facility, there are certainly going to be a number of aspects that you want to consider. One is going to be comfort. Will they be comfortable in this new facility? Will it have the amenities that they want and are going to use?
After all, what’s the point of living in a facility and paying for amenities, like a fitness center, that you’re not going to use? It’s like paying for a pool and gym and maybe even a conference center in a condo complex when you are never going to use any of them? There’s really no point.
Then, of course, you should consider the eating arrangements. If your elderly loved one is planning on cooking his or her own meals while living in assisted living, then they might not need a cafeteria there. At the same time, what happens in the future when they decide that they either no longer wish to or no longer can cook their own meals? If they choose a facility that doesn’t offer this kitchen service, then they may be stuck eating out, ordering in, or trying to mull their way through the process of making their own fresh meals again.
You should also consider the activities that residents may be able to take part in. Many assisted living facilities provide a wealth of activities for their residents and they will vary depending on where you live and what are the main interests of the residents.
What about other aspects of assisted living that should be considered? According to AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons), seniors should consider two key aspects of assisted living: ADLs and IADLs. ADLs are Activities of Daily Living. This could include assistance with bathing, toileting, and other aspects of basic care. IADLs are Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. These would include being able to manage one’s finances, getting out to doctor’s appointments or other transportation requirements, doing the laundry, getting groceries, and activities of this nature.
Each assisted living facility is going to provide a different level of care for seniors and it’s important to know what you’re going to need right now, as well as what you may need in the future. When you’re loved one is considering assisted living, think about the long-term needs and not just the short term. When you do, you’ll be able to find the right one for you.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in Terrell Hills, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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