9 Factors to Consider When Choosing Senior Living for Your Parents

Posted by Mike McQuinn on May 29, 2014 | no comments

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The Manor on Marston Lake

One of the most important things a son or daughter will ever do for their aging parent is to find a place for them to spend the rest of their days. You want the place to be very pleasant for them and to make them still feel special, whether they need a lot or  a little assistance in their senior lives. We, as children, want to give our parents the wonderful surroundings in their aged years as they did for us growing up.

Visit various places to be sure this is the place where they would be happy, and peaceful with for the rest of their days. While touring different facilities be sure to use our home checklist to take notes.Below are items to consider when you are trying to choose this “perfect” place for your senior parent and critical questions to ask for each topic. If you would like to just skip to the questions to help make a good choice about your parents senior living click here.

1.Facility Condition

Look to at the cleanliness of the facility, look past the counters and the floors. Do you smell any odors? Are these odors due to problems in the facility? Ask questions on what these odors are and be very sure you are satisfied with the answers, if not, keep asking your questions. How often is housekeeping provided? What are their laundry procedures? How often is maintenance provided? And what is the cost?

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One of our staff talking with a resident

2.Friendliness

How friendly are the staff members? Watch for inter-activeness between staff and some of the other seniors there. If at all possible, talk to other seniors there, ask them how they like the facility. You want people who are going to have compassion and pleasantry towards your parent(s).

3. Activities for Residents

What activities do they provide, how often and is this something your loved one would enjoy? Maybe even visit during one of their activities to see how it is conducted and see how much “fun” the seniors are having.

4.Meals and Dining

How are meals served? Do they have a dining room? Most Senior living facilities have dining rooms, check it out, make sure it is enjoyable and clean to be in. Would you feel comfortable eating here? Ask if they serve meals in the rooms too. What kind of menu(s) do they have? Are the seniors able to order from a menu? Is this the kind of food your Parents would enjoy? Maybe even eat a meal at the facility to see if this is a place you would want to eat at and are satisfied your parents would want to eat at.

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Beautiful view of Marston Lake

5.Grounds and Maintenance

How are the grounds outside of the facility? Is it something you would love looking at for the rest of your days? Is it a well groomed, comfortable and peaceful scenery? Does it offer a sense of peace and tranquility? Also, does the outside surroundings offer anything? Using the grounds for either beauty or exercise, would your parents enjoy these activities?

6.Safety Accommodations

How secure and safe is the facility? Does the facility have ADA accommodations with hand rails and wheel chair access? How does your parent contact staff from their room or apartment if they need help, what is the response time? Ask about any other safety or security systems they may have in place? Be sure you feel secure and safe with their answers, if you are not, they will not be either after moving in.

7.Personal Care Options

Are the seniors you pass or see in your tour, well groomed and taken care of? Ask about their Bathing procedures, and how often personal care is offered. Going into the facility, your parent(s) may not need this immediately, but eventually they may. Make sure they will be taken care of personally too if they need it.

8.Move Out Procedures

What are the move out procedures? What will cause the facility to ask your loved one to move out? If for any reason your loved one wants to go someplace else, or you would rather them live with you, whatever the reason, what kind of notice do you have to give? Even if you think this will never happen, still ask, you just never know what the future holds.

9.Additional Reviews and Referrals

Finally, Do your homework. Check out the reviews of this facility, talk with other siblings who’s parents are there, talk to the seniors themselves, make sure the answers are what you want them to be. Trust your instincts, if it feels right and you would be very comfortable then more than likely your aging parent would be happy there too.

Recap: 26 Questions to Ask When Choosing Senior Living

Come together as a family to discuss these questions to make the best choice.

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  1. Does the facility smell of any odors?
  2. Are these odors due to problems in the facility?
  3. How often is housekeeping provided?
  4. What are their laundry procedures?
  5. How often is facility maintenance provided?
  6. What is the cost for the facility and it’s amenities?
  7. How friendly are the staff members?
  8. Do they provide activities?
  9. What activities do they provide and would your loved one enjoy them?
  10. How are meals served?
  11. Do they have a dining room?
  12. What kind of menu(s) do they have?
  13. Are the seniors able to order from a menu?
  14. Is this the kind of food your Parents would enjoy?
  15. Do they accommodate special needs diets?
  16. How are the grounds outside of the facility?
  17. Is it something you would love looking at yourself?
  18. Does it offer a sense of peace and tranquility?
  19. How secure and safe is the facility?
  20. Does the facility have ADA accommodations with hand rails and wheel chair access?
  21. What are the offered personal care options?
  22. What are the move out procedures?
  23. What will cause the facility to ask your loved one to move out?
  24. What do others say about the facility?
  25. Do they have positive reviews?
  26. If your loved one has special needs are they trained to take care of these needs?

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