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How Can We Pick the Right One?

October 8, 2011

There are so many options to choose from.   How will we ever pick an assisted living program for Dad?  There are large buildings with over 100 residents, family homes with 10, and anything in between.  He can share a room or a bathroom.  Do we need Memory Care?  Are the grounds secure?  Does he have a yard to roam in and flowers to smell?  How is the food and who is cooking?  How many staff will there be in the middle of the night when he wakes up confused?

There are so many things to consider.

We visited a number of the local family homes that are licensed to provide care to the elderly.  They ranged from the “Oh my how fast can I leave without being rude” to “this is so cozy”.  Even in the best situation the recreational activities were very limited.  There are also several large national chains near home so we looked there as well.  The variety of activities was always impressive, but there also seemed to be a crowd.

Then we discovered the idea of a community of homes.  A community with several homes close together with only 10 to 15 residents in each home.  The houses shared a yard and activities.  Each house felt like a house rather than a residence.

That helped to narrow the field.  We had decided on the type of residence!

Now what?  We talked for hours about what was important to us.  Safety, of course, was on the top of the list. A private room with a private bath was a given.  Creative and varied activities was the next critical factor to keep Dad happy.  He likes to be busy.

Maybe this choice won’t be so difficult…

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