Posted: April 30, 2020
Every senior living community is unique with its own sets of pros and cons. While amenities, activities, and the like are important, they aren’t necessarily at the core of what makes a senior living community great.
To avoid getting overwhelmed by all of the different things senior living offers in addition to a place to live, it can be helpful to have a few guiding factors to stick to.
The following contains three traits every senior living community worth consideration should have.
Residents of every senior living community are individuals and should be treated as such. Of course, there are standards that should be met for every resident. But, beyond that, you should be able to tell that the community respects and treats every resident according to their own specific needs as an individual.
The staff should also be well qualified for the job. Some states have minimum staff to resident ratios, but this can be deceiving. Every staff member is included in these ratios, from groundskeepers to registered nurses (RN’s). So, you should be clear on who provides care to the residents, how they do it, and what their qualifications are.
This will be your loved one’s home in their new stage of life. So, they should be able to walk through the doors and feel like they’re entering a space that people don’t just stay in or visit, but truly live in.
This doesn’t mean it needs to be exactly like the home that they currently live in, but they should have spaces where they can feel at home and comfortable, from their bedroom to the common areas.
So many things fall into community enrichment: activities, events, level of care, amenities, quality of housing, family visits. Everything the community does for the residents should be rooted in the desire to improve their lives both as individuals and as a community.
The community should encourage visits from families by allowing them the freedom of scheduled and impromptu visits and inviting them to community events. The residents should also feel that they have the freedom to leave the community to spend time with family.
Within the community, staff should be committed to bringing the residents together through events and activities. They should also have strategies to help residents get the most out of their current stage in life.
Reading online, speaking with representatives, and visiting the community should help you get an understanding of how well it will meet your needs.
But, you should also take some time to speak with other residents and see how they like it! Everyone has different preferences, so something they like or don’t like might speak to you differently. In either case, it will benefit you immensely to do all that you can to learn about the community from both its staff and its residents.
All of this should help you decide whether this facility is not only a great senior living community, but also the perfect new home for you or your loved one.