How To Select The Best Assisted Living Community

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How To Select The Best Assisted Living Community

By Keith A. Myers

As 2018 begins, many use the new year to set goals and look toward the future. For seniors and their loved ones, this may mean beginning to think about making a lifestyle change and transitioning to assisted living.

Navigating the bevy of retirement community options can be challenging for seniors and their families – from narrowing down where you want to live to what amenities and services are most important. To help facilitate the process, the senior care experts at MorseLife have compiled a checklist with 5 key areas that all families should evaluate when searching for an assisted living residence.

With a wide range services and amenities offered at residencies across the country, there are many considerations to take into account so that you or a family member will be able to comfortably enjoy this second stage of life in a friendly, social environment that can also accommodate any health requirements.

Here’s What to Know When Choosing Assisted Living:

  • Which services and amenities are available? 

    • To ensure that you or your loved one enjoys the luxury and comfort they deserve, look for core offerings like social and recreational activities, gourmet dining, art classes, spa treatments, regular housekeeping and transportation at any potential residency. As a precaution, seniors should also seek out organizations with the most comprehensive onsite healthcare possible to prepare for any future health needs.
  • What do current residents think? 

    • Just like any major investment, you should “try before you buy.” Touring assisted living communities to check out the amenities in person and meet with managers, care providers and current residents can help narrow your choices.
  • What volume of trained staff is available?

    • Many seniors considering the transition to an assisted living community are searching for 24/7 security and staff support, for peace of mind and any assistance during the night or in unexpected instances. Ask about the volume and hours of trained staff to ensure that you’ll have what you need – whether inquiring about a housekeeping schedule, car services or assistance with daily activities.
  • What is the Emergency Plan?

    • Ask the residency about their emergency plan. Highly rated organizations will have an in-depth emergency plan that includes food and water supplies for several days, staff who remain onsite during a severe storm, and generators to power AC, elevators and any medical devices.

Keith A. Myers, MorseLife President/CEO

Keith A. Myers, president/CEO, has served at the helm of MorseLife Health System since 2007 and brings an impressive history of accomplishment and extensive background in health care. Myers came to MorseLife after holding a position for more than seven years at Montefiore Medical Center in Beachwood, Ohio.

For more information assisted living or detail on options available in the South Florida area, visit MorseLife at https://morselife.org/assisted-living/.

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