Finding the Right Fit
Choosing a home is such an important task, and even more weighty when you’re choosing a Jackson assisted living community for yourself or a loved one. There are many things to think through when narrowing down the possibilities, and many things to think through to ensure the community chosen is a good fit for you or the senior in your life. You want to make absolutely sure they have everything they could need, as well as a healthy environment in which they can thrive and enjoy their days. This is especially critical when you can’t be around all the time. You’ll need to find a community that works with your budget, and meets a list of other factors important to you or your family member. Some things you’ll want to consider are:
- Available Amenities
- Services Offered
- Memory Care
- Overall Environment
First you’ll want to find an assisted living community in the best location for you or for the senior in your life. It’s important to be near family so sweet visits can be frequent, and to find a community in a part of town that’s both pleasant and has easy access to shops and restaurants for picking up necessary items from time to time, and for diverting outings to keep the days fun.
When deciding on an assisted living community for you or your senior, you’ll want to ensure the community is up to your standards with amenities. Make sure your loved one will feel perfectly at home in the space, and have everything he or she could need. Things you will want to pay attention to amenity-wise might include access to appliances for cooking, cleaning, and laundry, outdoor recreation spaces, beauty and barber shop on-site, secure entry, transportation to appointments and events, chef-prepared meals, 24-hour emergency response system, and staff to help provide assistance when needed.
Of course, when you select an assisted living community, you’ll need to be certain it offers all the services you or your loved one needs access to or would like to be able to take advantage of if necessary. Does the community offer services like assisted living, independent living, short-term stays, skilled nursing, and memory care? Making sure the assisted living community you choose offers a full scope of resident care is important as our needs change and evolve over time.
Memory care assistance for those who require it is also an important part of assisted living community care. If you or your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related disorders, it’s imperative that access to the care and resources necessary is available to manage those conditions. A safe and encouraging environment that also offers day-to-day activities to enrich the time can go a long way in making residents feel supported, comfortable, and happy.
Environment is everything. Think about all the time and energy you spend creating a home that’s a haven, a restful place where you can feel comfortable and safe. You’ll want to do your best to recreate that wherever you go, assisted living communities included. So for you or your senior family member, make sure you take note of the overall environment at the assisted living community you’re evaluating. What is the culture like? Do people seem happy there? Does the staff seem warm and accommodating? Do you see evidence of healthy relationships between staff and residents?
Check for an events calendar also. You can tell a lot about an assisted living community by the amount of effort put in by directors and staff members. Are there plenty of scheduled outings and interactive on-site events to keep you or your loved one socially engaged? The benefits of being plugged in socially are palpable, so you’ll want to ensure that is a big part of the culture within the community you ultimately choose.
From location to environment and services provided, there is a lot to consider when selecting a Jackson assisted living community. We hope this list helps you as you conduct your search, and we hope you’ll consider Regency as an option for your next home, or home of the special senior in your life.