Any kind of move is hard, but a senior’s move to a care facility may be the hardest of all. That’s why it needs to be done right. At AssistedLiving.com, we arm people with the information they need to make informed and empowered decisions about senior care for their loved ones. Our local Senior Living Advisors, who work throughout the U.S., help thousands of families each year find the right facility for their loved ones. Sadly, many families don’t take advantage of free services like ours and end up choosing inappropriate senior communities for their loved ones.
Here are the five bad ways to choose a senior care facility. Knowing these pitfalls will help you make the right decision for your family.
1. Choosing a Facility from the Road
A large number of their families first discover the facility they they ultimately select for their loved one because they drove by it. Simply because a senior community is at a high traffic location doesn’t mean it’s right for your loved one.
2. Choosing Based on Looks Alone
Some people select a community because they are wowed by the decor and the ambiance of the community. But what’s more important than appearances is the care that’s provided. After all, it’s people that provide care, not facilities. Don’t merely judge a community by its superficial appearances. Meet the staff, including those who will be providing hands-on care, to get a better understanding of a community.
3. Succumbing to High Pressure Sales Tactics
Marketers at senior communities sometimes create a sense of urgency to pressure families to sign an agreement. You may be told there’s “just one unit left” or “we can only offer you these special rates until the end of the month.” Don’t allow yourself to succumb to sales tactics that could lead you to choosing a less than ideal location.
4. Choosing a Community That Matches Your Tastes Instead of Your Loved Ones
When you’re shopping for a senior community, don’t confuse your preferences with your loved ones. Just because you love swimming doesn’t mean your parent needs a community with a heated pool. Perhaps a library is more important to your parent than a pool.
5. Choosing a Community for Your Loved One of Ten Years Ago
Don’t ignore your loved ones limitations when you’re selecting a community. For example, if your father was an avid golfer, you might want to find a senior community on a golf course or with a putting green. But if your father’s physical limitations mean that his golfing days are over, choosing a golf oriented community would be unproductive.
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