Choosing the right long-term care community for yourself or an older family member is an important, life-altering decision. With so many different options and choices to make, it’s easy to see why some families become overwhelmed, or even delay their decision out of fear of making a wrong choice.
At Country Place Senior Living, we understand that the search for the best community can be a difficult undertaking. We’ve listed five common mistakes to avoid as you explore your options.
Mistake #1: Starting the search too late.
Be proactive in your search for long-term care. If you wait for an illness or crisis to occur before you start your search, you will have fewer options to choose from. Start early, compare communities, and get on waiting lists if they are available. When the time comes for you or your older loved one to move into senior living, you will be able to make an informed decision without feeling rushed or forced to settle for a community that doesn’t match your needs and preferences.
Mistake #2: Not visiting in-person.
One of the best ways to determine whether a community is a good fit is to schedule an in-person tour. If possible, bring your senior parent or loved one with you so that he or she can get a feel for the environment and culture. While you are visiting, talk to professional care staff and other residents. Try a meal, meet the staff, tour available living arrangements and ask a lot of questions.
Mistake #3: Not considering future care needs.
Choosing a senior living community is an important decision, and it’s essential to keep future needs in mind. While your loved one might not require additional support now, consider whether the community offers additional levels of care, such as assisted living or memory care. For instance, as time progresses, your loved one may require more specialized care. If the community they currently live in cannot provide that care, then you will have to move them. This can be costly, disruptive and distressing for your aging loved one.
At Country Place Senior Living, we offer three levels of care. They vary by state, but each is crafted to allow maximum freedom and independence.
Mistake #4: Rushing the decision.
This mistake goes hand in hand with not doing your research ahead of time. While there may be situations where your aging parent requires immediate care, it is essential to plan for their future ahead of time so that you aren’t forced to make a hasty decision.
Mistake #5 Not involving your senior loved one in the decision.
As you start the process of researching communities, be sure to include your loved one. Talk to them about their preferences for living arrangements, ask what services and amenities are most important to them and listen to their feedback and opinions. Allow them to accompany you on tours so that they can talk to staff members, interact with residents, participate in activities and ask any questions they may have. When you are both on the same page, you feel confident knowing they are being included in this big life decision.
Get Started By Scheduling a Visit Today!
Bottom line: It’s essential to do your homework so that you can choose the best possible assisted living community for your loved one. Contact us today to schedule your in-person tour at Country Place Senior Living.