Assisted living communities are suitable for you or your loved one who can benefit from assistance in daily activities and companionship. However, choosing the right assisted living community that suits you best can be a complex decision. Making the right choice is important to ensure that you or your loved one will have a fruitful and enjoyable lifestyle. Learn more about the key factors you need to consider when you evaluate an assisted living community.
Accommodation and Hygiene
Accommodation can come in different sizes, styles and arrangements. To have a comfortable stay, it is also important to consider cleaning and hygiene services, such as housekeeping, laundry and linen service, as well as home maintenance. If you have a furry friend you’d like to bring along, you need to consider if they are pet-friendly.
Living arrangements consist of either private or shared rooms, as well as private or common bathrooms. This would depend on whether you or your loved one enjoys privacy or the company of a roommate.
Amenities and Programs
Even though many assisted living communities provide a wide range of stylish amenities, you should take your loved one’s hobbies, interests and personality into consideration. On top of amenities, it is also important to see if the community provides relevant programs to support, engage and keep your loved one intellectually engaged. If your loved one enjoys outdoor activities, you would want to check out their outdoor spaces, such as courtyards, scenic paths or gardens. You would also want to see if they have outdoor fitness classes or gardening clubs.
SummerHouse Vista Shores provides an extensive list of stylish amenities, including a bistro, arts & crafts studio, multifunction game room, library and more. We also offer programs and daily social activities & events to help our residents stay physically and mentally engaged, including senior-specific wellness programs, live music performances, guest lectures and more.
If your loved one is a foodie and loves good food, it is essential to check out the community’s food options! Some assisted living communities offer stylish dining areas, such as bistros, bars and fine dining restaurants of varying cuisines. Communal dining areas are a great place for your loved one to socialize with other residents over a good meal. You might also want to find out the following information about meals:
- How many meals are provided a day?
- Are there any snacks or beverages provided?
- Are there food options available for those with specific dietary restrictions, allergies or special requests?
- How often does the food menu change?
- What cuisines are available?
- Are there any special meals provided for occasions such as holidays or birthdays?
One of SummerHouse Vista Shores’s exclusive living programs includes Sensations Dining. We offer friendly tableside service, chef-prepared meals and a specially designed menu consisting of international cuisines and homemade favorites.
The budget of assisted living can be a huge factor in the decision-making process for some families. It is important to determine all costs before deciding on a community. While some communities use all-inclusive pricing, others price their services based on levels of care or based on individual services required. If you require some help with the cost of assisted living for your loved one, you can also consult your assisted living community. Check if they are supported by any government, private or corporate programs that subsidize a portion of the cost.