The decision to put a sick or elderly loved one in an assisted living Ste. Genevieve facility is never an easy one. To help with this decision, here are three things to look for when choosing an assisted living or nursing facility for a relative.

1. Services and Activities

The desired amount of services and activities provided at the assisted living facility is highly dependent on your loved one’s health and ability to get around and socialize with others. One thing to note is whether the facility provides many group activities for residents, or do people tend to keep to themselves in their rooms? Are there common areas for people to gather? Consider your loved one’s interests and keep in mind that continuing to interact with others is important for healthy aging.

2. Location

Location is one of the most important considerations to make when choosing a facility, especially if you will be visiting often. Think about how much a lengthy commute would affect your schedule, and if there are no high-quality facilities close to you, ask another trusted relative or friend who lives closer to the assisted living home if they would be willing to check in on your loved one.

3. Staff

The staff at the assisted living facility might be the single most important factor when deciding where to move your relative. You need to be able to trust them to care for your loved one and make day-to-day decisions regarding their care. You must be able to communicate openly with the staff and feel free to ask them questions and raise any concerns that might come up. Think about any health conditions your loved one has and whether the staff has the training and experience to care for someone with those conditions.

Choosing an assisted living facility for a loved one is a difficult but important decision. Consider these three factors among others when the time comes.