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15 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by hhmin

15 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living FacilityWhen searching for an assisted living facility, it is important that you come prepared. Whether you are actually touring the community or are just speaking with someone over the phone, you need to be equipped with questions.

With every assisted living community having its own unique qualities and amenities, it is ideal that you ask as many questions as you can to help you determine which is right for your loved one. However, ensuring that you do not miss the most pertinent ones can be hard. To help, we have put together a list of the top 15 questions you need to ask when choosing an assisted living facility.

Assisted Living Questions

Question 1: What experience and training does your staff have?

Having an experienced and trained staff should be really high on your list when choosing a facility for your retirement-aged senior. By asking this question, you can put yourself at ease knowing that your loved one will be in good hands.

Question 2: How many staff members are on duty at night?

Usually, since things are calmer, most facilities choose to have less staff available overnight. This is why it is important to know what the staff-resident ratio will be during these hours.

Question 3: Which staff members can administer medications?

There is a possibility that at some point during your loved one’s residence, they will need to take medication. Whether it is something serious or minor, you want to ensure the people that administer the meds at the assisted living community have the best experience and education when doing so.

Question 4: Are nurses available 24/7?

Nurses are very important at a senior living facility as they are in charge of the examinations, tests, and medical management. When going through your choices, keep this in mind.

Question 5: Are you able to care for a patient with  _____ diagnosis?

If your loved one is diagnosed with a certain illness, be sure to ask specifically if they have experience dealing with it.

Question 6: Is there an initial admissions assessment?

Most facilities have an assessment that is required before the admission of a new resident, however, ask to be sure.

Question 7: What types of living plans are available?

Next to staffing and medical care, your loved one’s living situation is another highly important factor. Discuss with the facility their living options and take those back to your loved one to see what they feel will be most comfortable.

Question 8: What is the monthly cost?

For some families, figuring out how to pay for assisted living is a major hurdle. By understanding how much each community costs, you can make an informed decision.

Question 9: What is included in the monthly fee?

This is a given, but during the conversation about the cost, get concrete information on what is included in the cost. This way, you have no surprises when it is time to make the first payment.

Question 10: If there is a wait list?

Asking about wait lists is especially important if you need your family member to be relocated immediately. If you have flexible time constraints, this question might not be as vital.

Question 11: How do your current residents interact with each other?

While living in the community, your loved one will have daily interaction with the other residents. By asking this question, you can better gauge the atmosphere of the place. Also, you may learn more about the different programs and amenities available to the residents.

Question 12: Do you have outdoor spaces for the residents to use?

No one likes to be cramped up in a building all day, and sometimes fresh air is just what a person needs. Be sure to ask about secured outdoor spaces that are available to the residents to walk or just sit and read a book.

Question 13: What is the discharge policy?

There are a lot of rumors that suggest assisted living facilities to have a strict discharge policy. Asking this question ahead of time is the best way to keep down confusion and be better informed.

Question 14: If the needs of my loved one change, what options or additional services would be available?

Unfortunately, your loved one’s health can change without expecting it. Therefore, it is important to know how the facility would adapt the care and living situation of your loved one if this happens.

Question 15: What are your billing and payment policies?

The type of payment the facility accepts and the tentative payment dates are also important and should be understood before choosing a community.

Get the Answers at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Are you looking for the perfect assisted living facility for your loved one? Look no further than Holly Hall Retirement Community located in Houston, Texas.

Contact Holly Hall Retirement Community to today to learn more and get answers to the questions above and more!

How to Successfully Transition Your Senior to Assisted Living

Posted on: August 10th, 2016 by hhmin

How to Successfully Transition Your Senior to Assisted LivingHave you decided that assisted living is the best option for your aging senior? If so, it is probably fair to say you have done a fair amount of research and touring of facilities, however, the hard part is not quite done. In fact, the next part of the process might be the most taxing as you want to help your loved one make a smooth transition to their new home at the assisted living community.

This step will involve a lot of support from everyone in your family, but if done correctly, can be less invasive.

If you are in the process of helping your loved one transition from living at home to living in an assisted living community, these tips will help.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Preparation is the key when it comes to having a successful transition for your retirement-aged senior. From packing to preparing the paperwork and making sure the payments have cleared, preparing for the transition is very important.

In order to prepare, you may need to delegate tasks to certain family members to ensure it is done correctly. This is especially true for the small things that can easily fall through the cracks once you are overloaded.

Be Positive

During this process, it will be mentally and emotionally challenging for everyone involved. That is why positivity will be well needed and appreciated from everyone. It is also vital that you keep in mind why you are doing this in the first place. You want your loved one to be safe and you feel that will be accomplished in an assisted living community. Keep reminding yourself of this when the process gets tough.

Be Open and Honest

There will undoubtedly be a lot of questions when moving and it is best that everyone is open and honest. Whether the questions are about finances or about legal situations that need to be answered ahead of time, everyone needs to be open. This helps set clear expectations and will help minimize any issues that could arise at a later date.

make assisted living community a homeMake Their New Home Like Home

A great way to ensure that your loved one feels at home is by making sure their new place feels like it. Decorate, hang pictures, put down accent rugs. Maybe even hang the same or similar window treatments that were in their previous home. Every little thing will help to make the transition smoother and easier.

Assisted Living at Holly Hall Retirement Community

At Holly Hall, we understand the process that is ahead of you and your loved one. However, we also know the joy, laughter, and care that our residents experience while living in an assisted living community like Holly Hall.

Our professional staff is committed to assisting our residents on a daily basis so they feel at home and experience the best hospitality ever.

Contact Holly Hall Retirement Community to find out more about our historic community or to learn how we can help your loved one successfully transition to assisted living.

Benefits of Assisted Living vs. Living at Home

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by hhmin

Benefits of Assisted Living vs. Living at Home As aging seniors grow older, there are certain lifestyle changes that can occur. Over time, preparing meals or even maintaining a home are can be challenging and call for daily help. One option to relieve the stress of needing increased help is to reside at an assisted living community which can provide your loved one with many benefits and eliminate those challenges.

If you and your family are trying to weigh your options on whether assisted living or living at home is better for you again senior, here are some key benefits for you to ponder.

Senior Living vs. Living at Home

Social Life

At an assisted living community, there is no shortage of social activities. From special events to various clubs and classes, meeting and greeting your fellow residents is easy. These activities can also lead to lasting friendships for your loved one. On the other side, when your family member lives at home, they have fewer chances to socialize with other retirement-aged adults which can lead to senior isolation.

Transportation Can Be Difficult For Seniors

As we grow older, the ability to drive from one point to the another diminishes. The need for available transportation is vital when living at home. With assisted living communities, they typically have scheduled transportation to help their residents get around when needing to run an errand or get to a local appointment.

Dining

As mentioned earlier, cooking is a major part of most adults’ lifestyle, so being able to prepare a well-balanced meal can be very difficult for an aging loved one. It is very important for seniors to have nutritional, well-balanced meals, especially since many require special dietary restrictions or experience changes in taste buds due to medication. Having your loved one reside at an assisted living facility completely takes away the burden of meal preparation for the resident.

Housekeeping

Keeping a home clean can be a full load for anyone, no matter the age. However, that necessity can be even more daunting for a retirement-aged adult. Cleaning and basic housekeeping like laundry and household maintenance require a lot of strength and endurance. At an assisted living community, professionals can assist with housekeeping so your loved one never has to worry about having clean linens.

Emergency Assistance

Having your elderly loved one live at home can be stressful for everyone. There is always the thought of them having an emergency and not being able to get help until it is too late. Unfortunately, that is a situation that many families have to deal with every day. You can eliminate that scenario with assisted living because there is always on-site staff members that are aware of the residents’ medical conditions.

Exercise and Physical Activity

When aging, there are a lot of inevitables and one of those is our bodies weaken over time. Many doctors recommend that retirement-aged seniors add some sort of exercise regime to their daily lifestyle to keep them active and mobile. Doing so can be hard for someone living at home, but most assisted living facilities have exercise classes available daily and encourage residents to attend.

Independence

Just because your loved one has aged doesn’t mean their want and need to feel independent has faded. In fact, most seniors feel even more strongly about their independence. They don’t want to feel like a burden to their loved ones, however, by living at home, that may feel less possible. Assisted living allows them to receive inconspicuous supportive care, which is tailored to each resident’s needs and goals, which can lead to them feeling more independent.

Make Your Home at Holly Hall Retirement Community

At Holly Hall Retirement Community in Houston, Texas, we understand and see the many benefits of living in an assisted living community. As the leading retirement community in Houston, we invite you to learn more about why assisted living is the ideal place for your loved one.

To get more information or to tour our community, contact Holly Hall Retirement Community today.