What to Look for in an Assisted Living Home

If you are seeking an assisted living home, you probably have what feels like a million questions on your mind. How do you choose the ideal care for your treasured loved one? How can you know that you’ve chosen a place that you can really trust? Can you ensure that the care they offer is top-notch? Here are a few things to look for to help you make a great choice when it comes to an assisted living home.

Look for an assisted living home that offers the right services.

The best assisted living homes can provide your loved one with not just companionship and care, but also access to necessary medical care if the need arises. A great assisted living home will provide compassionate companions to help them throughout their day, while also keeping an eye on their resident’s health and well-being. Whatever your family’s unique needs, the right assisted living home will be able to meet your needs and help you feel good about the quality of care your loved one receives.

Assisted living homes should provide its residents with activities to help maintain the resident’s individuality and help them become as engaged and active as they choose to be. As we age, it can become easier for our loved ones to withdraw and become less involved in their favorite activities, and a great assisted living home will help overcome this obstacle with fun activities, outings, and frequent opportunities to help their residents engage with one another.

Ensure that safety is one of the home’s top priorities.

The safety and well-being of your loved one is of the utmost importance to you, and it should be to the assisted living home you choose to work with as well. Here are some critical questions to ask before choosing an assisted living home:

  • What process do you use to hire and assess your caregivers?
  • What does your pre-employment screening look like?
  • How often do you evaluate your caregivers? How so?
  • What training do you provide to your caregivers?
  • What is the process for reporting non-compliance?
  • How do you respond to emergencies?

What are their core values?

An assisted living home that is based on strong principles will care for your loved one with the utmost honor, excellence, and respect. You can rest assured that they screen their staff exhaustively, and only choose caregivers who are both skilled and have good character. 

Choose an assisted living facility that can provide ample references and positive testimonials.

“I’ve heard people say that The Williams Home, Inc. is the best-kept secret in Lynchburg. And I believe that’s true…It’s a good place to live.”

Evelyn Wilson, a resident of The Williams Home, Inc.

Ask for references, and expect to receive a significant list of physicians, discharge planners, clients or their family members, and community leaders who have utilized, or are very familiar with, the facility’s services. 

Overall, you need to trust your instincts. If you feel comfortable with an assisted living facility, that’s a great first step. If anything doesn’t feel quite right after the vetting process, move on. Don’t settle for anything less than the best for your loved one’s care.

For additional questions about assisted living options provided by The Williams Home, Inc., contact us today. Our attentive staff will answer any questions you have, so you can make an informed decision for you and the loved ones in your life.