If you are looking into assisted living communities for yourself or a loved one, you have likely run into some pretty scary stories of facilities where neglect and abuse have taken place. While this issue was never commonplace, it did happen significantly more often in generations past than it does today. Still, it can cause a lot of anxiety to think about a potentially vulnerable loved one, or even yourself, being in this type of situation.
The first thing to keep in mind is that today’s assisted living communities are regulated and monitored by a variety of different places. This includes both government agencies and private services. In addition to that, all reports of abuse or neglect are taken very seriously by the authorities. For these reasons there is almost no cause for concern. To help keep you as safe as possible, however, there are some tips that can help you to ensure you have found a safe and pleasant assisted living community for yourself or a loved one.
Using a Referral Agency
One of the best ways to make sure you find an assisted living community that is safe and enjoyable is by working through a referral agency like our own. This is helpful because we work closely with the different communities in the area on a daily basis. We get a good feel for how they treat their residents and how happy the people and their families are. We only recommend assisted living communities that we would place our own loved ones in. We also keep in touch with man of the clients and the families of those we have helped in the past, which gives us an ongoing line of communication to get real information about the communities we recommend.
Look for Real Resident Reviews
Thanks to the Internet it is easier than ever to get real life reviews from people who have lived in various assisted living communities and their families. Many people are happy to go and write actual reviews from their actual experience. This is an excellent way to learn more about the facilities that you are considering.
Spend Time with Residents
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential communities that you are considering, make sure you spend some time with the actual residents of the community. Most facilities allow potential residents to take part in activities or talk to the people living in the community. This can help to give you a great understanding of what it would be like to live there. If you’re interested in setting up some time to spend at a community, just let us know and we can help make all the arrangements.
Choosing an assisted living community is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a decision that will have a major impact on just about every aspect of your life or the life of a loved one. With that in mind, make sure you are working with the right people to find the right community for your specific situation.