Any kind of move is difficult, but a senior’s move to an assisted living 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 empowered and informed 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.
5 Worst Ways to Choose an Assisted Living Facility
Learn from five of the worst ways to choose an assisted living facility. Knowing these pitfalls can help you make the right decision for your family during your assisted living search.
1. Choosing a Facility by Location Alone
A large number of families first discover the facility 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
Some people select a community because they are wowed by the ambiance of the community or its decor. 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 choose 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 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 pressure 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 One’s
When you’re shopping for a senior community, don’t confuse your preferences with your loved one’s. 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 10 Years Ago
Don’t ignore your loved one’s 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.
Have you chosen an inappropriate assisted living facility before? How did you find the right community for you or your family? Share your stories with us in the comments below.