Finding the right assisted living community for your loved one can be difficult. With so many options available, it is important to check out several communities to determine which will make your loved one the happiest and healthiest. Here are a few questions to ask when visiting an assisted living community to help you both make a decision.
Can My Loved One Choose From Multiple Floor Plans?
Ask if the community offers a variety of floor plans. Choosing the apartments layout and style can help your loved one feel more at home in their new space. This is a good opportunity to ask about lodging specifics. These questions could include, but are not limited to:
- Do residents have their own room?
- Can my parents share a room?
- Is there a price difference for certain floor plans?
What Extra Amenities Do You Offer?
Assisted living communities often offer additional amenities and services for their residents. See what types of events, programs or classes your prospective communities have available and decide if you think your senior would like and have fun in. Determining the “fun aspect” of a community can help you and your loved one choose between options that offer similar assisted living care.
Do You Accept Financial Assistance Programs?
There are many financial programs available to help ease the costs of assisted living. These programs, however, are not always accepted by communities. Talk to a community specialist to see what financial assistance programs are accepted or declined to help assess affordability. Specific programs to keep in mind include:
- Long-term life insurance
- VA benefits and more.
What’s On The Menu?
Assisted living communities provide daily meal services for their residents. Ask to see a sample menu or taste the food to determine its quality and nutritional value. If the menu seems boring, unhealthy or features repetitive options, take note.
Don’t forget to also ask about specialty menu items. See if the assisted living community can easily cater to diabetic, low-sodium or other medically required diets. If the community is unable to accommodate, it may not be the wisest place for your parent or loved one to move.
StoryPoint is Here to Help with Your Questions
For answers to these questions and more, stop by your local StoryPoint. Our community specialists would be more than happy to discuss our assisted living options. Schedule a tour or give us a call at 1-855-40-STORY for more information.