choosing the right senior living community

No one wants to be forced into an important choice before they are ready, so do your due diligence and plan ahead before an emergency strikes.

Deciding who will care for your relative when you cannot manage it on your own is overwhelming enough. But, with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which one would be a best fit for everyone involved. Here are some tips to help you begin planning ahead:

  • Determine their needs. The first step is to assess your relative’s needs. Do they require specialized medical care? Do they have mobility issues? Do they need assistance with daily tasks such as bathing and dressing? Understanding their needs will help you narrow down the options and choose the right place.
  • Research different types of facilities. There are various types of senior living communities available, such as independent living, assisted living/ personal care programs, memory care units and skilled care. Each type of facility offers different levels of care and services.
  • Visit the communities and take a tour. Once you have narrowed down your options, schedule visits to each facility. Observe the environment, staff interactions with residents, and cleanliness of the campus. Talk to the staff and residents to get a sense of the community and ask questions about their care and services.
  • Consider the location. How convenient it will be for you and your family to visit?
  • Review the costs. Some facilities can be expensive, so it’s important to review the costs and determine what services are included. Some facilities may offer all-inclusive pricing, while others may charge for additional services.
  • Check for licensing and certifications. Ensure that the community is licensed and certified by the state. This will give you peace of mind knowing that the facility has met certain standards for care and safety.

Choosing a senior-living community for your relative can be a difficult decision, but with careful research and consideration, you can make the best choice for their health and well-being.

Chandler Hall has been dedicated to enriching the lives of aging individuals, families and their caregivers for the past 50 years. We offer various levels of care including independent living, personal care, memory care, skilled nursing, short term rehab, palliative care, hospice and respite care. If you have any questions about Chandler Hall’s services or facilities, please contact pcurry@chandlerhall.org

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