If you’re starting to discuss options for assisted living with your loved one, you know there is a lot to consider. And odds are, the idea of finding an assisted living community is something completely new to you. That feeling of newness can sometimes bring on anxiety and stress.
Before you let yourself get overwhelmed by all of the available information out there, learn from other families who have been in your shoes and have valuable advice to give. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
5 Common Mistakes When Searching for Assisted Living Communities
As you research the available options when it comes to assisted living, it will be easier to make an informed decision as you expand your knowledge about the various services and amenities these communities have to offer. However, there are definitely some common pitfalls you’ll want to avoid when choosing an assisted living community.
1. Catering to Your Tastes Instead of Your Loved One’s
It’s very easy as a caregiver to get caught up in what you find appealing about the available communities. You want to give your loved one all the top-notch amenities, but it’s important not to lose sight of the things that truly matter. Include your loved one in the decision making process from the very beginning and it will be easier to keep their wishes in the front of your mind.
2. Making a Decision Too Quickly
This is a big decision. If you choose correctly, it will be where your loved one spends the remainder of their retirement years. While you may feel rushed and pressured to make a decision, you really need to slow down and explore all available options. Visit multiple communities and bring a list of important questions with you. You will most likely be able to narrow down your options after a few visits.
3. Settling on the Closest Community
As a caregiver, you want your loved one as close to you as possible. And while this is very important when it comes to making a decision, you still want to choose a community that engages your loved one and helps them find a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
4. Not Considering Future Care Needs
The level of care and support your loved one needs now may not be the same level they need in a few years. It’s important to choose an assisted living community that will accommodate changing health conditions. You don’t want to force your loved one to make another major move after any health issues arise.
5. Waiting Too Long to Decide
While yes, it’s very important not to make a decision too quickly (see point #2), it’s equally as important not to wait too long. You can easily drive yourself insane going back and forth with all the available options. Plus, the longer you wait, the harder the transition will be for your loved one.
Ultimately, the best thing you can do when choosing an assisted living community is to take in-person tours. Talk to residents, staff members, and explore the grounds. It will become pretty clear to you which communities are actual contenders for your loved one.
Quality Assisted Living at Peregrine Senior Living
If you and your loved one think it’s time to consider assisted living, Peregrine Senior Living is a unique assisted living community that encourages seniors to continue their search for purpose, validation and fulfillment in life. Our trained staff works closely with our residents and families in order to offer the best care, fulfill the specific needs of each resident, and to stimulate each person in mind, body and spirit. Learn more about our communities or schedule a tour today.