Selecting retirement facilities shouldn’t be done carelessly. These retirement facilities are where your elderly loved ones are going to spend the rest of their lives, so it’s important that you (and your loved one) take your time, look at a few potential retirement homes, and make an educated decision.
The most important part of searching for retirement facilities is knowing what to look for.
You should be able to tell if you are dealing with a respectable staff within moments of walking into the establishment. Are you greeted courteously? Do the staff members seem to be interacting with the residents in a caring but professional way? Do the folks working at the retirement facilities seem to enjoy their job, or are they just going through the motions? Trust your gut on this one; if you or your loved one get a bad vibe when it comes to the staff, it might be time to move on. All residents should be treated with the utmost respect, no matter their age, physical condition, or mental condition.
Plenty of Activities
The happiest retirees participate in at least three to four regular activities, while the least happy retirees engage in only one or two activities. Watching TV is great every once in a while, but if that’s all that’s offered at an elder housing facility, you might want to look elsewhere. Find a place that has plenty of fun activities to do — classes, book clubs, game nights, parties and celebrations — so your loved one will never be bored.
Just like no one wants to watch TV every night, no one wants to eat the same boring meal every night either. The best retirement homes have not only a well-balanced and healthy selection of prepared meals, but meals that are actually delicious. Of course, nothing beats home cooking, but there is a middle ground between Nonna’s meatballs and institutional mystery meat. The best retirement homes offer special meal accommodations specifically adjusted to each individual’s health requirements, as well as their ethical and religious needs.
You’d think this would go without saying, but unfortunately too many retirement homes don’t take care of their living areas as much as they should. If you and your loved one visit a retirement facility and don’t fall in love with the look and feel of the environment, it’s not right for you.
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