Four Important Features When Selecting a Senior Community
When it comes time to choose a senior living community, it’s important to find a place that will put you first and make you feel at home. It is, of course, important to look at the quality of the staff and the care you will receive, but it’s also important to pay attention to the assisted living apartments. These apartments are where you will now be spending much of your time; they will be your new home. You want to make sure the assisted living apartments are clean, comfortable, and make you feel at home.
Making the move to assisted living can seem overwhelming, but that’s where we can help. Here are the four features to look out for in the best assisted living apartments.
As the assisted living apartments will be your new home, you want to make sure they have all the amenities you need. You might still be quite independent but having certain amenities already with your apartment simply makes your life easier. For instance, it’s convenient to have services such as a library, wellness center, hair salon, and movie theatre on-site. Having common areas such as a community dining room, coffee lounge, outdoor garden courtyard, and scheduled activities will provide you with ample opportunities for socialization and for things that will keep your mind active.
In addition to amenities that will keep you active, there should also be ones that help you day-to-day too, such as housekeeping, transportation, and access to a computer. Transportation is especially important to look into. You may need to go off-campus for a doctor’s appointment, to meet family or friends, or just enjoy the beautiful Arizona scenery.
2) Chef-Prepared Meals
When choosing assisted living apartments, it’s important to consider the food you’ll be served. It’s a good idea to look at the dining room to see the types of meals the chef prepares. One thing to observe is how foods are prepared and that meals are healthy as well as delicious.
You’ll be eating many, if not all of your meals at your new community, so the food needs to meet your nutritional needs, be well-made, and taste great. Choose a community that is open to resident feedback and input of food options.
At Yuma Senior Living, our chef-prepared meals are served three times a day. Residents can eat in the community dining hall named the HaVana Club, which makes for great socialization, or take the food back to their apartments. There is also a hydration/coffee station in the community if you’re just looking for a cup of coffee to relax to start your day off.
3) Financial Solutions
Assisted living apartments can be expensive. So, it’s vital to choose apartments that offer various financial solutions. For instance, at Yuma Senior Living, we’re mindful that most seniors are on a fixed income and we provide various solutions so that they can afford their apartment and care. One solution is that our team works with potential residents and their families to identify if residents meet the requirements to receive the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) Medicaid benefit.
Additionally, if you or your loved one is a veteran, you may use your VA pension to pay for assisted living expenses. This can be applied whether you served personally of if your spouse did. Make sure the assisted living apartment you choose offers financial options.
4) Resident-Centered Care
Arguably the most important aspect of the best assisted living apartments is having staff members who put each resident and their specific needs first. An assisted living community should assist your needs and listen to your desires. They should also monitor your health and well-being. To aid in this at Yuma Senior Living, every assisted living apartment is equipped with our responsive nurse call system, used to provide responsive requests for assistance from our residents. In addition, we have an on-site health clinic staff by professional geriatric care nurses and specialists.
As you can see, there are many items you need to pay close attention to when choosing and assisted living apartment for your loved one. You want a place that has everything you need to stay happy and healthy and feels like home.
At Yuma Senior Living, we have all four of the features listed above and more. If you are interested in learning more about our assisted living apartments, please call us at (928) 388-6858. We’d be happy to share with you all we have to offer.