So, it’s time to choose a retirement community for your loved one who is beginning to need more assistance. With so many transitional assisted living, assisted living, and memory care communities in the Cleveland area, how do you choose the right one?
The expert team at Cardinal Court Assisted Living and Memory Care in Strongsville, Ohio has put together the following 6 tips to help you find the perfect community for your loved one to thrive.
Before you even call to book a tour of a single retirement community, it’s important to evaluate your budget and set a limit that you and your family are comfortable with. Luckily, many communities have flexible pricing structures or the ability to connect families with various organizations and resources for financial assistance, including Veterans’ Assistance or financial planners. Ask the communities you’re looking at about your options to make the community you love fit your budget.
When you tour your community options, pay attention to the state of the building and outdoor areas. Are the rooms, common areas, and outdoor spaces clean and well-kept? Are the outdoor areas and external doors secured and monitored? Is the community easy for your loved one to navigate?
A well-kept, tidy community is a community that cares about the well-being of its residents. Your loved one deserves a healthy, clean, safe, and beautiful environment. Ensure that the living spaces, common areas, and outdoor areas of the communities you’re touring meet your standards.
When you visit your shortlist of communities, meet as many staff members as possible. Your tour guide is likely someone who is friendly and knows the community well. But if your loved one becomes a resident, they’ll be interacting with many more staff members. Meet the people who will be caring for them, cooking their food, planning their activities, and keeping their space clean and healthy. The residents and the community you choose should be surrounded by caring, friendly staff.
Social interaction is a major part of what makes assisted living and memory care communities a place where seniors can thrive. Your loved one will have the opportunity to attend events and outings with their neighbors once they become a resident of a community. You want them to be with people they get along with! Ask if you and your loved one can visit with other residents for a meal or attend an event to get to know their potential neighbors. You may find that your loved one makes fast friends with the residents at one of the communities on your list.
As they age, your loved one’s needs will change. Ensure that the care your chosen community provides will change with them. The community you choose for your loved one should offer a variety of care options, including assistance with the activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, oral care, etc.), medication management options, and on-site activities and programming suited to your loved one’s needs. At Cardinal Court, we offer transitional assisted living, assisted living, and memory care options for our residents; if their needs change, so will their Person-centered care plan.
You know your loved one better than anyone else does. You know what activities they like, what types of people they mesh well with, and what type of living environment they will thrive in. If more than one community meets your budget and your standards of upkeep and care, go with your gut. You’ll know deep down which community is the best fit for your loved one.
And at Cardinal Court, we want to see if we’re the best fit! Contact our friendly team today to learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of our beautiful community.