If you are exploring your senior living options, you may have decided that a senior living community is the best choice for yourself or your loved one. However, you may have several questions that need answering before you make the move. We answer some of your FAQs in this guide.
What Should I Look Out for in a Retirement Community?
The best way to get a feel of what any senior living community has to offer is to schedule a tour of their campus. Besides checking out the amenities such as dining rooms and common areas, you will also want to pay attention to facts and figures such as staff turnover rate. In addition, observe how team members interact with residents. Are they friendly, respectful, and compassionate? You or your loved one will be spending a lot of time with these team members and building meaningful bonds with them, so ensure that you like the “vibe” of the community you are choosing.
How Can Senior Living Memory Care Benefit My Loved One?
If you have a loved one living with a memory-related condition, you may be exploring long-term care options for them. On top of what you can provide for them at home, our team members at Discovery Village At Westchase can improve your loved one’s quality of life through cognitive stimulation activities and assistance with daily living activities. Our neighborhood has been designed in a dementia-friendly way, with electronic security and visual cues to assist residents who have problems with wandering. The floorplans of our apartment homes are also arranged in a dementia-friendly manner.
Why Choose a Retirement Community over Home Care?
When you or a loved one require assisted living, you have two main options: engage in-home care or make the move to a senior living community. Finances aside, there are numerous good reasons to choose a senior living community over home care:
- Increased socialization opportunities when you live amongst peers
- Have all the amenities and services you need right at your doorstep, reducing the need to travel to get to medical appointments, exercise classes, social events, and more
- Live in a safe and secure environment that has been designed to improve health and happiness
- … and more!
Is It Time to Transition to Senior Living?
There are numerous signs that it’s time to transition to senior living, whether the decision is for yourself or a loved one. If you find that daily living tasks are getting more burdensome for you to deal with, or that you are suffering from social isolation, senior assisted living is a good choice for you. Another warning sign is if you find that you require help with tasks you used to be able to do.
Family caregivers who find themselves stretched thin from caring for a loved one with a memory-related condition should also look into long-term care options. Although the decision can be emotionally fraught, remember that any decision that is made in the best interests of your loved one is a good decision.