It is a fact that the world population is aging. It is estimated that by 2050 the proportion of people aged 65 and over will represent one in six of the total population. Access to better healthcare, improved standards of living and healthier diets have all contributed to this trend. Whilst increasing life expectancies is something that should be celebrated, it is also a situation that causes related challenges. With an aging population comes the need to provide increased facilities for the elderly. These can include increased access to healthcare and social care facilities that serve the older generation. For many families, there comes a time when an elderly relative or loved one will need to consider moving into an assisted living home. This is generally when they are experiencing health or mobility problems that mean they need a degree of assistance to continue living life to the fullest. If you are looking for an assisted living facility, this article will help as it explains three key factors to consider.
Research your local area
Firstly, it is important to understand what assisted living facilities are available in your local area. This can be undertaken by searching online for assisted living near me or similar search terms. An internet search should then produce a list of the nearby assisted living facilities along with access to the facility websites. Take a good look at the websites for these premises as they should contain a wealth of information on what specific services each facility provides. Ideally you should start to draw up a list of each facility and write some of your impressions on what you see to start looking at the pros and cons of each establishment. Consider also visiting consumer review sites to see if you can read reviews of the premises from the service users and relatives’ perspectives.
Consider the nearby facilities
Many assisted living facilities will have a range of on-site amenities such as shops, hairdressers and pharmacies. It can be vitally important for elderly people to have access to such facilities nearby as this allows them to keep a significant degree of independence and freedom. Look at the local facilities that are not in the assisted living complex too. Are the areas of natural beauty nearby that are served by good public transport links? Having a picturesque park or nature area near to an assisted living facility can be a perfect place for the elderly to enjoy a short trip.
Visit the premises
As a final point, it is extremely important to visit the assisted living facility in person with the relative or loved one who intends to relocate there. Any well-run facility will welcome visitors to the site and may even have regular guided tours of the premises. By looking around the facility in person you can get a far better idea of the atmosphere of the place and can also talk to existing relatives to find out their experiences of living there. Is it a place that they would highly recommend to others? Is the food and activities on offer of a suitable standard? In short, you will get a more comprehensive idea of how well run the assisted living facility is by visiting it in person and this will be vital in making your final decision.