As nearly 1 million people now reside in assisted living homes across the country (per data from the National Center on Assisted Living), it is certainly holding its ground as a popular option for seniors today. But just as each assisted living community is unique in its operation, style and service array, so are each of the residents – present and prospective – who call it home, which often makes finding the right place a challenge. When you are tasked with helping a loved one find assisted living, consider these guidelines for narrowing down the options.
- First, determine the ideal location – geographically. Does Mom want to move back to her hometown? Would your uncle prefer to live closer to his friends, or closer to family?
- Next, decide what type of assisted living community your loved one prefers. Urban? Rural? Small and cozy, where the residents interact frequently? Or perhaps a larger campus where the potential for staying relatively anonymous and independent is more feasible? Something in between?
- Your next consideration: what kind of care does your loved one need? Assisted living facilities vary greatly in terms of what services are provided.
- Finally, set a budget. How much can they afford?