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If your loved one is needing more care than you can provide at home, it is probably time for assisted living. There are many factors to investigate so that you can make the most informed decision possible. Here are some things to consider:
Location- make sure you choose a community that is fairly close to where family lives. If you choose something that is too far away, you will not visit as often, which can make your loved one feel isolated.
Size of community- Depending on what your loved one prefers, it may be advantageous to choose a community size that best fits your loved ones needs. Is your loved one very social or do they like to keep to themselves? Do they have mobility issues? Does your loved one have advanced memory issues? These are some of the factors that should be considered when choosing a community.
What type of care does the community offer? What are the costs for additional care? What is the staff to resident ratio? Some communities offer more comprehensive care than others. Make sure you are considering future needs when choosing a community to prevent having to move several times to get the care your loved one needs.
Cost-Are the communities you are considering within your loved one’s price range? Make sure you review the financial situation so that you are choosing a community that you can stay in for the long haul. If finances are an issue, make sure you choose communities that offer Medicaid as an option, like our campus does. If the community does not offer Medicaid and you are running out of money, you will have to move.
Activities and transportation-When checking out communities, look into their activity program and make sure there are things that your loved one would enjoy. It should be a very hearty activity schedule with lots of things going on daily. With transportation, be sure the bus is handicap friendly and that they go to popular destinations often, like King Soopers. You should also ask if they provide free transportation to personal appointments and shopping trips. This will help your loved one remain as independent as possible.
Finally, go with your gut. When visiting communities pay attention to the usual things (Is the community clean, friendliness of staff, are there activities going on, how do the residents look, etc), but ultimately go with your gut. If you are getting positive feelings, this is usually a go signal. If you are getting negative feelings, head for the door!
The marketing staff here at the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus is more than happy to discuss options and possibilities with families who are considering assisted living. Our goal is to help families find just the right fit. For more information on assisted living, please call us at 303 720-7261.
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