Solon pointe 5-1412711631Have you or a loved one reached a point in life where you need help with your daily activities? It may be time to consider assisted living.

This is not an easy decision, but finding a community with all the right features, amenities, and medical services can make the transition easier. The following checklists will help you refine your preferences and prioritize your needs.

What do you need?
Before you begin looking at communities online or in person, consider your personal needs. What kind of help do you need in your daily life?

  • Will you require nursing care to manage chronic illnesses?
  • Will you need helping cleaning, bathing, or eating?
  • Will you need regular transportation for off-site medical care, such as dialysis?
  • Will you need Alzheimer's or memory care?

Which communities meet your needs?
Once you've established your needs, start researching assisted living communities in your area or in an area where you'd like to relocate.

Once you've got a list, contact each community to discuss their care programs and arrange an in-person tour. Use this checklist to help you evaluate each community. It will help you remember all the questions to ask and help you compare them later.

  • Is the place comfortable and home-like?
  • Do you like the décor?
  • Is it clean and odor-free?
  • Do the current residents seem happy and friendly?
  • Are you able to speak with the residents and staff?
  • Is the staff kind and knowledgeable?
  • Do staff members interact warmly and professionally with each other?
  • Are you able to visit or receive visitors at any time?
  • Is the building layout suited to your needs and easy to navigate?
  • Does the community have safety features?
  • How are care plans designed, evaluated, and revised?
  • What sort of amenities are offered, such as transportation or barber/beautician services?
  • Trust your gut: do you feel comfortable?

What to do next?
Now that you have a better idea of what services you need and what you expect from a community, it's time to explore!

Embassy Healthcare Communities offer you all the comforts of home, with a warm, loving environment and expert, comprehensive medical care. Give us a call today to learn about our services and schedule a time to come visit. Don't forget your checklist! Call 888-975-1379 today.