Assisted living facilities also are known as residential care are a type of living arrangements where personal care like meals, transportation, and housekeeping among other activities of daily living are provided as needed. The purpose of Assisted Living and Home Care is to offer comfort, security and other meaningful activities for the residents. Unlike nursing homes, the residents in the assisted living are independent- they live alone in their residential setting. The assistance with daily living activities includes helping with bathing, feeding, dressing, diapering, toileting, meditating, moving around from one location to another and facilitating daily living decisions.
Choosing residential care facilities
Cleanliness of the facility
It is important to consider whether the facility feels clean and fresh. Look past the furnishing, into the corners, windows and baseboards. Find out how often the housekeeping is provided in the personal living space. Find out in full detail, the type of maintenance offered.
Make sure to get information about the laundry procedures. An odor within the property could be an indication of a temporary problem or the lack of cleanliness. If the smell concentrates in a single location during your tour is a sign of a recent incident. Odors throughout the facility could be an indication of a bigger problem. Find out from the management what could be causing the odor.
Visit the facility during an activity
It is advisable to consider scheduling the tour at a time when a community event is being held. Find out from management whether you can watch the activity and better still, whether you can participate. Take the time to determine whether the events and activities are well attended.
Furthermore, determine whether the staff members seem to be involved and enjoying the activity. Consider the calendar of events. Do they match the interest of your loved one? Also, determine whether the activities vary in type and size. Do the activities include outings and trips away from the facility?
Consider the staff’s attitude
The attitude of the staff members is of utmost importance. Observe how the staff is interacting with the residents. Find out whether they are listening. Furthermore, find out whether they are making eye contact. Determine the number of public servants who are involved in taking care of the residents. Having confidence in the staff is important.
Assisted living is also known as adult congregate living care, personal care, board & care, enhanced care, adult living facilities supported care, adult homes, retirement residences, sheltered housing, community-based retirement facilities and adult foster care. The difference in the licensing is often based on the facility’s size or the service offered.