Making a decision as serious as whether or not to move into an assisted living facility or retirement home is tough. Making your decision even more difficult is figuring out which type of home is the best fit for you. Deciding the best choice for you will take a lot of research, preparation and thought. There are several things you should look for as you search for a new home.
Location! Location! Location!
You probably have heard that location is important no matter what you are trying to do – find a home, start a business, or take a vacation. One thing you need to consider is location. You will want to remain close to family members and friends so that they can help you out when needed. You will want someplace where friends and family can take you out for meals once in a while, or they can celebrate holidays with you at the home. Most places have sitting areas where families can visit. My father is in a place where even his young great-grandson can visit. Getting too far away from loved ones could cause you many lonely days, especially around holidays.
The price of nursing home living is rising fast. As more seniors are aging than ever before, the more crowded and necessary are places for them to live when they can no longer live alone. The costs are rising in every area of senior care. You need to take stock of what assets you have, where you can get help with the additional costs, and what type of home you are willing to live in for the amount of money you have available.
Be sure to find somewhere within your budget. Either read the fine print yourself or have someone else who is knowledgeable with contracts help you out. Specifically, look for hidden costs so there are no unpleasant surprises later on.
Although location and affordability are both important when searching for a nursing home or assisted living facility, most important for you personally is your comfort and care. Your small apartment or room will be your living space for some time; make sure it is comfortable as possible. Depending on the level of care needed, you may have a living space that is near a dining area, resident lounge, or laundry room. If you are in a nursing home, your laundry will be taken care of for you. My aunt was in a small room with a separate small bed. She could conduct light cooking or walk to the dining area quite some way down the hall.
Assisted living is a good option for those who do not yet need a nursing home, but cannot remain in their own home due to increasing need for some level of assistance. If you feel you qualify, take your time looking around and choose the best one for you.