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Elder Care Fundamentals: What You Should Know

After watching several of my family members struggle with dementia and various other age-related conditions, I spent a lot of time researching the options for assisted living, in-home care, and nursing homes. I wanted to be sure that I understood what was out there before my parents came to need it. All of my research helped me learn a lot about future care options for my family. I decided to help clarify the options for others who may be as confused as I was. This intention of this blog is to do just that. I hope that the information here helps you understand the basics so you can make the right choice when you need to.

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3 Key Factors To Assess When Touring Retirement Communities For Your Parents

If you have parents who can no longer take care of themselves, it may be time to think about a retirement community. At these facilities, your parents will receive quality care and will have an easier time transitioning to the next phase of their life. When visiting different communities, you'll want to assess these factors. They'll help you make the best decision for your parents.

Cleanliness 

One of the more overlooked aspects of a retirement community is cleanliness. People visiting may be so focused on other factors like hospital staff and services provided that they don't even look down to see if the floors are clean.

Don't make this mistake. You want the facility to be spotless, because it shows what type of care your parents will receive at the facility. Every room you visit should be organized, dirt-free, and sanitary. Housekeeping should be provided often so that your parents won't have to live in a messy, chaotic state.

Staff Friendliness 

Since your parents will be spending most of their time in one of these retirement communities, the staff that interacts with them needs to be friendly. Otherwise, your parents may not enjoy their stay and may constantly be on edge. 

The best way to assess staff friendliness is to see how they interact with current residents. Are they welcoming and accommodating to every resident at this retirement community? Or do they seem short and busy with other tasks? Asking yourself these questions can ensure you leave your parents in the care of professionals who're dedicated and genuinely care. 

Activities Provided 

The last thing you want happening for your parents is for them to get bored. This decreases their overall satisfaction for life and could even cause depression to set in. To combat these negative emotions and effects, you need to make sure your parents have access to a lot of engaging activities.

You want their days to be planned to the max with activities that stimulate their mind and give them happiness. Even simple activities like games are important to look for in a retirement community. It helps to talk to directors of these retirement communities. You can then see how days are structured and identify long-term goals the community has for residents. 

Transitioning into retirement life can be a scary thing for your parents. You can ease their apprehension by setting them up at the perfect retirement community. This is possible as long as you focus on the right details when searching.