Things to Look for in Assisted Living
As an assisted living facility, we understand the stress and confusion that can accompany the search for a good home better than anyone. People from all walks of life come in for tours, assessments, and advice with varying methods for weeding out which facilities they desire, but often get caught up in the stress of the situation. They forget what questions to ask, skip over areas that they would normally focus on, and altogether just hope that whatever facility they choose will care for their loved ones as much as they do. We, as a facility, understand the difficulty of the process and would like to assist by providing a list of things to look for in a facility while touring or walking through a senior living center.
Are the CNA staff friendly and hardworking?
This one may be a bit harder to determine depending on whether or not they are busy helping a resident during your visit, but if given the opportunity, try talking with one about the facility and asking about the difficulty of their job. Take note of their personal cell phone activity and where they rest when they have a down moment.
Are the meals colorful and appetizing to look at?
A study done by the Crossmodal Research Library at the University of Oxford shows that the more appetizing and colorful a dish is, the better it seems to taste, making just observing the dishes a senior living facility serves a helpful way to tell whether or not the meals are enjoyable without sitting down and consuming their food.
Are the handrails and floors clean?
Generally when a facility keeps the common areas clean, they keep the resident rooms clean as well and vice versa. It could be a good sign that CNA’s are wiping down the facility whenever they get the chance and picking up after themselves, or that they have consistent housekeeping services, either way, a clean facility could equal a healthier, happier home for your loved one.
Are the interactions between the staff and residents genuine?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the staff regularly tries to connect with the people living there, or if they are just putting on a show. It can feel fake or forced to see them interact while you are there searching for a place to move your family. A good way to tell is to watch the residents’ reactions when CNA staff or management interacts with the residents. Do they seem happy, excited, or relieved to see them, or stressed, confused, and distant? Of course, sometimes residents can get grumpy, so remember that if one of the seniors acts a little sour when talked with, but take into note the general dynamic of the staff and resident relationships.
In addition to this list of things to look for, we have provided a list of 10 questions to ask when looking for senior living to help you narrow down your search. This list can be found on our blog at http://belairecare.com/10-questions/. When people visit our community we strive to answer every question about senior living you may have and even provide our guests with a packet of resources to help them decipher what kind of care will be best for their loved ones.
Call our number (801)763-0622 to get answers from experts and schedule a tour!