When it comes to searching for an assisted living community for your elderly parent, it can get confusing and quite overwhelming at times. You want only the very best for your mom or dad. It’s important to note that retirement homes and assisted living communities have changed drastically over the years, but you still have to be careful where you choose to let your parents live.
In this list, we’ll talk about the top mistakes that you need to avoid when searching for an assisted living community for your elderly loved ones.
1. Choosing a Community Based on Your Tastes
One of the biggest mistakes we see is adult children who choose an assisted living community for their elderly parent based on their individual tastes. It’s important to remember that you aren’t going to be the one living there, your parent is. You and your parent are different people with different likes, tastes, and interests. Keep that in mind when choosing the right community to suit your parents needs.
2. Going Alone to Tour a Community
Another common mistake made when searching for the right assisted living community is going on a tour of the facility alone. First off, if at all possible, your parent should be with you to give you feedback and decide what they do and don’t like about the community. Second, this is a major decision, so your brothers, sisters, and even your spouse might need to be involved. In this way, you can talk about the facility together and come to a combined decision as to whether it’s the right place for mom or dad.
3. Choosing a Community to Quickly
It’s important to note that searching for an assisted living community is not a race, though many people feel they have to choose and take that step quickly. In the end, hurrying and choosing the first community that seems to be okay can backfire on you. It’s best to learn everything you can about assisted living first, then take your time when choosing the community that you feel best fits the needs of your mom or dad.
4. Not Taking a Step Back and Focus on Your Parents Needs
One common mistake is not taking a step back and really focusing on the type of care your parent is going to need. The community you choose will need to be based on the care your parent has to have. Stop for a second and determine if anything has changed with your elderly loved one lately that might need to change up the type of assisted living community you choose before making a final decision.
5. Not Reading the Fine Print in a Contract
Many adult children who have chosen assisted living facilities for their loved ones have been guilty of not reading the contact, which always has fine print. While most of these contracts are usually pretty straightforward there may still be some legal phrases and terms you don’t understand. It’s best, if at all possible, to have a lawyer look over the contract for you before making a final commitment. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so take your time and read carefully.
These are just a few of the top mistakes that you want to avoid when choosing an assisted living facility for your elderly loved one. Take your time, do your research, and remember, your parent needs to be happy with the facility above all else for things to turn out the way you planned. Happy hunting, everyone!