Questions When Looking for a Senior Living Facility In The Treasure Valley

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When looking into a senior living facility or an assisted living facility there is a lot that can go into play. Every facility offers different resources so knowing what questions to ask to get the answers you need. Listed below are the questions and categories that are a need-to-know when looking into a senior living facility.

The Facility

It is all about the facility when you are looking into assisted living. Boise is one of the safest cities, as are most of the cities that surround it too. Eagle is known to be less of a hubbub area and known for a calmer setting which is ideal for a senior living facility. You want to be in the best case scenario that makes you feel more at home or at least close to it. Things to ask about is security because you want to feel safe in your home. What is security like? What location is the facility in? Do you feel comfortable at this site? These are just a few key questions to not only ask a representative, but also to ask yourself or the one who will be living there. You also want to go in for a tour at the living facility that piques your interest. This is when you should never judge a book by its cover. The facility could have a lot to offer even though it might look basic from the curb. The interior and accommodations could be what sells you on the overall picture.

The Resources

Making sure the assisted living facility has daily activities that interest you can create a positive living environment. These activities can keep you active both physically and mentally. Here are a few questions that you can ask about senior living activities;

  • Does this facility have monthly activities?
  • How popular are these activities?
  • What do these activities look like?
  • Are there trips outside of the facility?
  • Is there a calendar to look at the activities?

These are really good questions to ask because you get to know the different levels of options you have that best suit your capabilities.

Living Options

There are many different types of living when it comes to assisted living homes. You have senior living which is for those who are still able to do the basic needs on their own but don’t want to live on their own, sometimes this is referred to as “independent living”. They would rather live in a community that allows them to easily be active and social. Then there is assisted living which is an option for those who have health care needs and need to be tended to by healthcare professionals on a daily basis. Then there is memory care which is for those who need professional medical attention but it’s aimed towards specific conditions like dementia or Alzheimers. Make sure you know what living option you are looking for and or in need of. Here are a few more questions that are good to ask when it comes to living options and healthcare.

  • How close is the nearest hospital?
  • What are the staff like?
  • How many residents are there to one staff member (ratio)?
  • What are some of the staff’s specialties?
  • Is there 24/7 medical care?

These are just a few questions to ask when it comes to choosing an environment to live in at an older age. For more information on these different care and living options check out our resources on Foxtail and fill out the form.

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