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Choosing a home is such a big decision, and even more so when you’re choosing an assisted living facility for yourself or for a loved one. There are many factors to consider when narrowing down the options, and many things to think through to ensure the community chosen is a good fit for you or the senior in your life. You want to ensure they have everything they could need, as well as a great environment in which they can thrive and enjoy their days– especially when you can’t be around all the time. You’ll need a place that works with your budget for cost of living, and meets a list of other factors important to you or your family member.

Location

First you’ll want to find an assisted living facility in the best location for you or for the senior in your life. It’s important to be near family so sweet visits can be frequent, and to find a community in a part of town that’s both pleasant and has easy access to shops and restaurants for picking up necessary items from time to time, and for diverting outings to keep the days fun.

Amenities

When deciding on an assisted living facility for you or your senior, you’ll want to ensure the facility is up to your standards with amenities. Make sure your loved one will feel perfectly at home in the space, and have everything he or she could need. Things you will want to pay attention to amenity-wise might include access to appliances for cooking, cleaning, and laundry, outdoor recreation spaces, beauty and barber shop on-site, secure entry, transportation to appointments and events, chef-prepared meals, 24-hour emergency response system, and staff to help provide assistance when needed.

Services

Of course, when you select an assisted living facility, you’ll need to be certain it offers all the services you or your loved one needs access to or would like to be able to take advantage of if necessary. Does the facility offer services like assisted living, independent living, short-term stays, skilled nursing, and memory care? Making sure the assisted living facility you choose offers a full scope of resident care is important as our needs change and evolve over time.

Memory Care

Memory care assistance for those who require it is also an important part of assisted living facility care. If you or your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related disorders, it’s imperative that access to the care and resources necessary is available to manage those conditions. A safe and encouraging environment that also offers day-to-day activities to enrich the time can go a long way in making residents feel supported, comfortable, and happy.

Culture

Environment is everything. Think about all the time and energy you spend creating a home that’s a haven, a restful place where you can feel comfortable and safe. You’ll want to do your best to recreate that wherever you go, assisted living facilities included. So for you or your senior family member, make sure you take note of the overall environment at the assisted living facility you’re evaluating. What is the culture like? Do people seem happy there? Does the staff seem warm and accommodating? Do you see evidence of healthy relationships between staff and residents?

Check for an events calendar as well. Are there plenty of scheduled outings and interactive on-site events to keep you or your loved one occupied, engaged, and social? The benefits of being plugged in and connected are incredible, and you’ll want to make sure that is a big part of the culture at the facility you ultimately select.

From location to environment and services provided, there is much to consider when choosing an assisted living facility. We hope this list proves helpful for you as you sort through the ins and outs of the search, and we hope you’ll consider Regency as an option for your next home, or home of your senior family member.