The transition of a senior into an assisted living home is one that affects the whole family, so you will probably work closely with the staff of prospective homes as the child of an aging parent. You should take the time to look at several homes and find one that can truly meet the needs of your parent so you feel good about the new residence. To guide you in this decision, here are some of the questions you should be asking upon interviewing staff of the assisted living home:
- How involved is the staff in day to day activities? There are many levels of assisted living care, and the right one for your parent will depend on what he or she is capable of independently. Ask about services such as cleaning, cooking, medical care, and personal care to see what is offered within the facilities. If the assisted living center does not meet the needs of your parent, a nursing home may be more appropriate.
- What is the staff to resident ratio? Aging individuals tend to thrive in smaller living communities where the staff is able to dedicate more time to each resident. The residents get to know their neighbors and staff members better, so a greater quality of life can be achieved within the community.
- What do the housing units look like? Assisted living communities often offer individual units that are integrated with common areas for dining and socializing. Take a tour of the facility with your parent and make sure that he or she is comfortable with the accommodations provided and ask about available furnishings in the individual unit.
At Whitcomb House, we offer two types of assisted living care in four neighborhoods designed for enjoyable living for elderly individuals. Our residents thrive in the small community environment we offer with spacious studio apartments and welcoming common areas. Learn more about us on our website or give us a call at (508) 634-2440.