If your mom, dad or another loved one has reached the point where they can no longer remain at home alone, and need ongoing care, then it may be time to being looking into assisted living in Arizona. The challenge with this decision is that there are a large number of facilities to choose from, which makes it difficult to know which option is best.
Here, you can learn some tips that will help you find the right AZ assisted living facility for your loved one? Are you looking for assisted living in Scottsdale AZ, assisted living in Phoenix AZ or another town in the state?
Determine What Level of Care Your Loved One Needs
Modern assisted living facilities in Arizona offer three basic levels of assisted living care, directed care, supervisory care or personal care but the real question is what are the differences and which level of care is right for my loved one.
An assisted living facility is for seniors who do many things on their own to others who need total assistance with day to day activities, such as taking medications, bathing, cooking and more. If you choose this type of care, then your senior loved one will have options in a larger community setting from a studio to a one or two bedroom apartment. In assisted living all three meals are provided by the staff, their medical care is overseen by the staff in the community which usually includes a nurse.
In a group home setting the senior will have either a private room or semi-private accommodation’s.
Seniors who are able to handle tasks on their own each day, but want someone to help with cooking or cleaning will live in an independent living facility.
Consider the Rules and Regulations of the Option You Choose
When selecting an assisted living facility in Arizona, you have to consider the quality and safety of the facility. You can use a assisted living referral agency like A Caring Hand for Mom (and Dad) that has a complete listing of communities throughout the state to help you determine what locations are best suited to your needs and they will help you evaluate the past history of communities you may be interested in.
You can also contact the Better Business Bureau and the state licensing agency to gather additional information.
Visit the Facility You are Considering
After you have found the facilities/communities that meet your needs, then you need to visit the facilities that you are considering. If you are working with a assisted living referral agency they will help you set up visits to the facilities. It is important to set aside 45 minutes to an hour per facility you visit as they will want to get to know you so they can tell you about their facility and let you know about the services they offer. Make sure during your tour to take some time to speak with the care providers, managers and, if possible, some of the residents.
Experience the Facility
During your visit, you should not only speak to the people there, but also experience the food, rooms, activities and more. This is a vital part of assisted living life and something you should find out about before choosing a location for your elderly loved one. This is a great way to gain some invaluable insight about the services of the facility and determine what the people who live their think who live there.
When it is time to choose an assisted living facility, the best thing you can do is use the tips here and work with an assisted living referral agency. When you do, you will be able to make an informed decision regarding the facility that is right for you. Being informed is the best way to make the right decision for your aging loved one.
Find out what to consider when searching for an assisted living facility by visiting the A Caring Hand for Mom (and Dad) website. Call us today at 800-881-7706!