5 Mistakes to Avoid when Choosing an Assisted Living Community

choosing an assisted living communityChoosing an assisted living community that is right for your loved one is an important, life changing decision. You want to feel confident in your choice, as this is where your loved one will ultimately spend the rest of their days. You want to make sure their comfort, happiness, and health will be taken into consideration by the community you choose, and that their overall quality of life improves in their new living situation.

How to Choose an Assisted Living Community That’s Right for Your Loved One

Doing some thorough research is vital when you’re choosing assisted living for your loved one. Knowing the types of mistakes others have made can help you avoid making those same errors.

Here are 5 of the most common mistakes people make when researching and choosing assisted living for loved ones:

  • Making a quick decision. Too often, people can feel very rushed to make a decision about their loved one’s care and choose one of the first facilities they see, without taking the time to visit different facilities or talk to staff and residents before the move. Sometimes finding a community with an opening can be difficult, too, so caregivers will jump at the first opportunity they find. On the opposite end of this, some caregivers can get so overwhelmed about making a decision that they put it off until it is too late.
  • Choosing location over healthcare services. Just because an assisted living community is located down the road doesn’t mean it’s the perfect place for your loved one. While proximity to your home is important so you can make sure it’s easy to visit your loved one on a regular basis, you want to make sure the facility offers the right care for your loved one, too.
  • Not considering your loved one’s wishes. You might walk into an assisted living community and think it looks amazing, with it’s comforting decor, beautiful dining room and plethora of social activities available. However, it’s important to remember the things your loved one finds important, too. If your loved one is still able to be a part of the decision-making process, get them involved as much as possible.
  • Ignoring the fine print. Once you’ve chosen an assisted living community, don’t forget to read through all the documentation very carefully. Not paying attention to the fine print can lead to unexpected fees or pricing structures for which you weren’t properly prepared.
  • Being unprepared financially. When choosing assisted living, many people fail to think about the long-term financial consequences. Seniors can live longer, healthier lives, especially when they are receiving proper care in an assisted living community. Knowing the financial options available will help prepare you for the costs involved.

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