Questions to Ask When Considering Assisted Living

Assisted LivingSometimes, all we need to lead a more fulfilling life is an occasional helping hand. Moving to an assisted living community is an opportunity for comfort and enrichment in one’s life with an added level of assistance.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living provides a distinct combination of individualized care, familiar neighborhood surroundings and professional expertise. Assisted living communities provide wellness evaluations and levels of service that address residents’ specific needs.

Licensed, compassionate team members assist daily as needed, and life-enriching activities are geared toward helping residents enjoy what matters most to them.

When considering assisted living, it’s best to start with a physician’s assessment. Depending on the circumstances of the individual’s situation, or that of a loved one, personalized needs can be matched to the right level of assistance.

When assistance with daily tasks is needed — taking medicines, bathing, dressing, preparing meals and housekeeping — assisted living can be the answer. Trained professionals provide support while helping preserve an individual’s independence.

Making the Move

Moving to an assisted living community is an important decision and requires appropriate planning. Here are some questions to ask before making a selection:

  • What is the level of assistance I (or a loved one) need?
  • Does the community provide appealing, hassle-free and memorable experiences?
  • How can I maintain my independence at this community?
  • Is the community committed to successful aging and whole-person wellness?
  • What is the overall mission of the community?

Understanding the benefits offered at each assisted living community is crucial to the decision-making process. Do some research and don’t be afraid to ask questions about the aspects that are most important to you.

About The Author

Johnathan AshleyAs health services administrator at Penrose Harbor, Johnathan Ashley oversees the day-to-day operations of the newly opened on-site health center at Heron’s Key Life Plan Community. Penrose Harbor, which accepts admission from the public, is the only community in Gig Harbor to offer all-private suites in skilled nursing and a modified Life Care contract for the one-bedroom apartments in assisted living. Residents experience a neighborhood feeling in the health center with areas for social connections and community activities, with access to Heron’s Key’s services and amenities.