For many, assisted living is an alternative to a nursing home. With several new assisted living facilities in the pipeline in Beverly and throughout Massachusetts, it’s a great time to explore what assisted living is – and is not. If you haven’t considered assisted living in the past, you might be surprised at what you find.
Assisted living is an option that allows the elderly and seniors to maintain their independence while also ensuring there’s always assistance nearby. While it’s not ideal for those who need ongoing nursing and medical care, for those who might need assistance in bathing, cooking or daily chores, it’s the right solution.
As you begin the process of selecting an assisted living facility for yourself or for a loved one, keep in mind that you do have options. As a result, you can better tailor what each facility offers to you’re your loved one needs.
Does it offer wheelchair ramps? Has there been a high employee turnover? Is the facility located in a safe area? Is it located close to your own home or employer? Have you checked the Better Business Bureau? Your state licensing board for complaints? Does the assisted living facility conduct background checks on employees? Are pets allowed? Are there any meals served?
You’ll want the opportunity to tour the grounds and facility to ensure it’s clean and hazard-free. Also, is there a mission statement? How do the employees treat you and other residents as you’re exploring the grounds?
These are just a few of the important questions you’ll want answered as you go about the business of making your selection.
There are always those nuances in terms of the level of care that’s provided to residences, but that’s also one of the many benefits. Some residents may require a bit more assistance than others and with variations in the level of care, families can really fine tune their loved one’s needs with those options. Sometimes, the distinctions are found in how they’re licensed. It might residential care, or retirement community or perhaps senior housing. Many provide apartments while others provide a more enclosed living arrangement. Often, the facilities will offer swimming pools, tennis courts or other recreational opportunities onsite. There may be group outings, whether it’s shopping trips or evenings out.
Another important consideration families mustn’t forget is the possibility of declining faculties. For many families, they may begin to notice Mom is forgetting the little things or maybe Dad is growing concerned about his inability to recall certain events from last week. Many assisted living facilities will provide some degree of protection – though again, it’s important to remember these aren’t to be replacements for medical facilities. Still, around the clock security is an added bonus that a growing number of facilities are now offering.
Other optional offerings that you may find valuable:
- Laundry services
- Health monitoring
- Prescription reminders
With so many options and funding for new facilities throughout the state, assisted living has quickly become an ideal solution for many families in Beverly and throughout Massachusetts. If you’ve considered assisted living in Beverly as an option for a loved one, we invite you to contact us to ensure Medicaid coverage, social security benefits and other important elder law concerns are addressed. The better prepared your loved one is, the better protected she is.