How to Choose the Assisted Living Community That’s Right for You
When making the move to an assisted living community – whether from your own home or from an independent living community – it’s common to have a lot of questions and concerns. First of all, moving is never easy. We all know it can be physically demanding and emotionally draining. Plus, if you’re moving from a house, you may need to downsize your possessions, and that usually comes with hard decisions to make. But for most of us, the biggest question has to do with the unknown – what, exactly, will life be like in your new home?
The best time to make the move to assisted living is when you’re still in the best possible health. That way you can take the time to tour multiple communities and make a well-considered choice. Once you’ve moved in, you can relax, explore the many activities and services offered, and settle in to your new home. When you don’t feel rushed or pressured by health concerns, the move to senior living is not only less stressful for you and your family – it’s also a lot more fun!
As you begin your search to find the assisted living community that’s right for you, there are several things to keep at the top of your mind:
HEALTH and WELL-BEING
Your wellness is priority one. An excellent assisted living community like Wesley Court will put together an individualized care plan in collaboration with your personal physician, specialists and family members. If you experience health changes or mobility issues, the plan can be modified. Look for trained, experienced staff who will be alert to any warning signs. Your assisted living care team should include the expertise of:
- A medical director
- Licensed clinical nursing staff
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
Assisted living offers assistance if you need help with one or more of the following: bathing, dressing, mobility, incontinence and medication reminders, but not all assisted living communities offer the same services. Make sure you know if the community offers:
- Licensed nursing staff 24/7
- Personal care assistance available around the clock
- An emergency call response system
Did you know that as you age, it’s harder for your body to absorb nutrients? That means that even if you’re eating the same diet, you may not be eating as healthy as you used to, even if your diet hasn’t changed! Add in mobility issues or the difficulty in cooking for one, and it can be hard to maintain a nutritious diet. Poor nutrition weakens your body and puts you at higher risk for chronic diseases. That’s why Wesley Court offers:
- Three meals prepared with fresh, locally sourced food
- Allowances for special dietary needs
Even if you’re not a person who regularly exercises, having a fitness facility and fun, guided group classes can change that. Our community accommodates seniors of all abilities with specially designed equipment. Look for:
SAFETY and sECURITY
One reason many people decide to become part of a senior living community is the extra feeling of safety and security. Look for a community with:
- 24-hour front desk staff
- After-hours controlled access
- Documented emergency plans and procedures
- Working emergency call systems
- Building modifications throughout for easy access and mobility
- Clearly marked exits
- Sprinkler systems
- Documented emergency plans
SoCiALization and activIties
For many, one of the most inviting aspects of senior living is the friendships and relationships you create and build. Choose a community that offers activities and events that intrigue you – from clubs centered around your favorite hobbies to holiday celebrations. Getting to know fellow residents and caring staff will also boost your mood and sense of well-being. Plus, at Wesley Court, you’ll have a great apartment and common areas so your family and friends can visit in comfort. Look for assisted living communities with:
- Cultural, social and educational activities that interest you
- Common and outdoor areas with casual seating
- Resident/family activity calendar
One of the nicest advantages of assisted living is not having to worry about chores and repairs anymore. In a no buy-in community like ours, important services like these are covered in your monthly rent:
- Housekeeping, laundry and linen service
- On-site maintenance
Look for a community that appeals to you. Light, bright interiors, well-maintained grounds and comfortable community spaces that invite you will contribute to your overall happiness and enjoyment. Plus, look for a community that offers easy access to things you love, such as:
- Game rooms
- Creative studios
- Gardens and outdoor spaces
If you’ve been in the same neighborhood for years, you may feel most comfortable living there. Or you may want to search near the locations of your family and friends. But if you want to widen your search, consider communities located near medical facilities, shopping and entertainment. You’ll want to decide what you value most and choose the community that meets your needs.
Are you a pet owner? At Wesley Court, we know that a pet is part of your family. That’s why we’re a pet-friendly community with a wonderful outdoor area for walks.
Your research may start online, but once you narrow your list, it’s important to explore the community for yourself to get a real feel. Wesley Court also offers short-term stays so you can see for yourself what life is really like in our community – and get a great start on building new friendships!
We invite you to set up a personal consultation to learn more about Wesley Court’s assisted living apartments, amenities and services. We’d love to share more about our assisted living community and how we can provide the assistance you need while maintaining the independence you want.