When the time comes that your family member cannot take care of their needs adequately on their own in their home, we have some guidance to find the right senior living facility, whether that is assistive living or continuum of care community. We recommend looking for a place that feels and acts more like a community of care, rather than a “facility”. Here are a few tips on finding the right home for your Mom, Dad, or loved one.
Considerations for Selecting Senior Living
Talk with your Loved One & Determine Needs
Are there certain amenities or comforts that are especially important to your loved one? Listen to their needs and determine what you feel daily living care services are needed —whether it is homecooked meals, planned activities, memory and dementia care, medication reminders, or other health-related services.
Proximity to Resident’s Family & Friends
We all know how important visits from loved ones are. Even if it is just a window visit or dropping off a gift, having your loved one is an assisted living community nearby so family and friends can easily visit is definitely a convenience that allows for more interaction. If you are looking for an assistive living near Wahpeton, ND, or Fergus Falls, MN, Twin Town Villa is a perfect choice. Learn more about the communities we serve.
Make a List & Start Calling
By now you should have a least a shortlist of assisted living communities that you think may be a good fit for your loved one. Do some research online and check out their website, social media pages, and reviews they may have. Give each one a call and ask questions about cost, amenities, staffing, how many residents live there, and possible waiting lists. Write down the information you collect to review later.
Ask your Friends & Family
Ask your trusted friends and family who have loved ones in long-term care, what their experiences have been in the senior living communities you have been researching. Healthcare providers, social workers, and church groups can also offer valuable insight, feedback, and referrals.
Schedule a Visit
Taking a tour of the assisted living communities you are considering will give you a better feel of the environment overall and allow you and the potential resident to ask questions in-person. Be sure to have a list of questions and be observant of the cleanliness, handicap access, and staff-resident interactions. During COVID-19, assisted living centers may have special considerations for in-person tours, or virtual tours available to protect the residents.
Making the Decision
Before making a final decision on an assisted living center, or Care Suite, drop by for another visit to ensure everything still meets your expectations. The decision to move your loved one into assisted living placement can be an emotional one, so it can be helpful to have another party join you, such as a family member, doctor, or social worker. Look over the contract very carefully before signing.
When is the Right Time to Move into Assisted Living?
At Twin Town Villa in Breckenridge, MN, we offer Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Care Suites to match the needs of each resident. We serve the communities near Wahpeton, ND, and Fergus Falls, MN. If you have questions about Senior Living options for your loved one or would like a tour of our community, please contact us online or call 218.643.9542.