As our parents or other loved ones get older, their needs will naturally change, and it can often be difficult to provide the level of support, independence, and care that they may need at home. An assisted living facility can be a great way of enjoying your later years in comfort, with a variety of choices available to select as much or as little support as required. It can be a complex and highly personal decision to move into an assisted living space, so read on for some useful points to think about before you choose one.
Ask your loved one what they would like first
First and foremost, it’s essential to talk to your loved one about what they would like from their future home. This may be a conversation you have well in advance of choosing a facility such as the Plano senior living, particularly if you are concerned about illnesses or disorders that may make decision-making more challenging later on. Having a conversation about what they would like, in terms of location, support level, costs, and facilities can ensure that they can live in dignity and ease, wherever they decide to go.
Plan some questions to ask the facility
Nearly all facilities will give you the opportunity to tour through the location, and get a first-hand impression of what it is like. As well as giving you the chance to see the living environment, it is also the ideal moment to ask some important questions.
The questions you may need to ask could be fairly general, such as finding out how many staff and residents they have in total, what kind of facilities they have on-site, and the types of support that staff are trained to carry out. If your loved one has specific care needs, then it is also important to ask whether or not a particular facility is properly equipped to meet those requirements, with the relevant training, equipment and any other considerations that might need to be taken into account.
Look at living space options
Many facilities will often offer a range of different living spaces, particularly in those where residents are allowed to have greater independence. Some may have private rooms that allow privacy, while others may operate with shared spaces only. It may also be possible to accommodate a couple together, to allow them to enjoy each other’s company.
Alongside types of rooms, some facilities may also have the option to keep a pet, subject to some limitations. Animals can be a great comfort when living away from the home you knew, help improve mood, and keep elderly people’s minds more active and alert. If your loved one has a pet that they would like to keep with them, then it is worth looking for a facility that will allow this. You may also want to consider options to provide care for the pet, such as dog-walking services.