Items to consider when exploring assisted living facilities

assisted living facilities

There are many things to think about when considering assisted living facilities.

These are some of the top five topics you should discuss.

Availability 

More than a million Americans living in an assisted living community. As our population ages, that number is expected to continue to increase. In 2011, there were 5.7 million Americans over the age of 85. By the year 2040, the number of Americans over age 85 is expected to rise to more than 14 million. New assisted living communities are popping up all the time but it can be hard to keep pace. As you visit facilities, one of the things you’ll want to ask about is whether there’s a waiting list. In many cases, it’s worth the wait to get an available room but if you’re in a hurry, this is something you’ll want to discuss early in your conversations with the directors of the facilities you visit.

Rooms

Depending on your situation, you may be interested in a private studio or a two-bedroom apartment. We’ve got both – and lots of options in between. All of them have benefits, all of our residents have the option to access all of the amenities of our facility. We even offer a Respite Care program, which allows seniors to stay here temporarily after recovering from a hospital visit, fall, surgery or other health circumstance. It is also available during caregiver vacations, senior living trial periods or any other reason. 

Services

When looking at assisted living facilities, make sure to ask which services they offer. Because many assisted living residents are independent and mobile, some facilities don’t offer much beyond the basics. At Savanna House, our Memory Care program provides a community for our residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s. We strive to create an environment that is comfortable and familiar by offering signature programs that make up an INSPIRATIONS Memory Care community, such as a personalized jukebox, recipes from the past and intergenerational programming. We use research-based methods to provide assistance with activities of daily living as well as family education and support groups. Our highly trained team works with our residents on a daily basis to support them through their memory loss.

Activities and dining

While some seniors may prefer to stay in their rooms, it is important that they have lots of options to stay busy. Our facility is buzzing with activities such as arts and crafts, a beauty salon and spa, lounges, a movie theater and a top-notch dining area focused on comfort and nutrition. A healthy diet can help with strength and mobility, which can help prevent falls. It can help you heal quicker and stave off illness. It can also delay deterioration in your eyes, brain and other organs. Nutritious meals can make you stronger to fight cancer or other diseases, and it can make taking medication a little easier. Our dining program will remind you more of a meal with family and friends than an institutional dinner service where you’re pushed through a cafeteria line. Our menus, which are based on our residents’ personal tastes, feature flavor and flare. Our food and the atmosphere in which it is served are designed to make you feel right at home.

Price

The cost of long-term care has been steadily rising for some time now. Prices will vary based on geographic location, style of facility and level of care. A 2017 study of the costs of all the types of long-term care showed that the category that rose the most in percentage from the previous year was home health aide. The study showed that the annual median cost skyrocketed up by 6.2 percent to $49,192. While many people may assume a home health aide a less expensive option, the median national price in the study was for 44 hours per week. There’s a big difference between that and a first-class senior facility that offers community, fine dining, memory care, and fun.