Decision Making EmbassyIt take time and plenty of research to find the right senior living community to meet your unique needs. Avoid these five common mistakes in your search for a senior living community to feel comfortable with your final choice.

1. Not staying realistic about current and future needs.
When we're caring for an aging parent, we want to remain optimistic about their health. Too often, though, families choose a senior care community based around existing care needs, without considering how that community can help as those needs change.

Talk with you loved one's physicians and get their input on what kind of care may be required in the future. This way, you can avoid having to change communities every time your loved one's care needs change. Frequent moves are not only costly for your family, they're emotionally and physically hard on your senior, especially if he or she is living with dementia.

Embassy Healthcare offers numerous senior care services, from senior daycare to advanced clinical focuses like dementia care. Our skilled nursing staff will be here for your loved one, today and in the future.

2. Not including your parents in the decision.
Sometimes, families choose a community without getting their parent's input. We encourage families to include their senior loved one during the decision-making process. Bring your parent on a tour of one of our communities, let him get to know our current residents, and have them speak with an Embassy teammate about his preferences.

If your loved one can't participate, carefully consider his care needs, preferences and personality as you weigh all the senior living community options.

3. Basing the decision on proximity.
Naturally, you want to keep your loved one as close as possible, but the closest senior living community may not be the right fit.

Remember that Embassy has communities throughout Ohio – particularly in the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati areas – with differing specialties. So, you can both find a community that's both close to home and can meet your parent's medical and social needs.

4. Not choosing a community for who your loved one is today.
Fancy amenities like golf courses are definitely a perk. But if dad hasn't touched his clubs in years because of arthritis, he won't be able to take full advantage of the course.

Think about who your parent is today and choose a community with add-ons that make sense, rather than just add up.

5. Not consulting other family members/professionals.
Of course, you don't want to burden anyone by asking for help selecting a senior living community. But you shouldn't tackle a decision this big alone. Consult with other family members and care professionals to get their perspective on the communities you're considering. Talk with friends who've gone through this process with their parents, too. Their insights will be invaluable to you.

We all make mistakes, and that's okay. But if you think your loved one isn't in the best senior care community for his/her needs, don't be afraid to acknowledge the situation and take steps to correct it. It's better to make a change now.

For more information on assisted living at Embassy Healthcare, our services and our skilled nursing staff, contact us online or call 216-378-2050 today.