Design Features of Assisted Living
The design and layout is also important especially for safety reasons. But as your aging parent grows older, wide open spaces, ramps and elevators might need to be included in the layout of their new “home.”
When touring a community, you should be thinking about the future. Down the road, your parent may need a walker or wheelchair to get around. The floor plans of each facility should also fit those needs.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are the floor plans designed with wide open spaces, ramps, handrails and elevators to make moving about convenient?
- Is the floor plan simple to follow?
- Are bathrooms private and designed to accommodate wheelchairs?
- Can residents easily reach cupboards and shelves?
- Are floors non-skid and carpets firm for ease of walking?
- Does the community have good natural lighting and artificial lighting?
- Are there clearly marked emergency exits, fire detectors and sprinkler systems installed?
- Is there an emergency call system in place within the apartments?
- Does the community offer different sizes and types of apartments? Do they have private, lockable doors?
Assisted Living Services
- Does the community have policies that assist with medication and its storage? Do they coordinate home care visits from nurses, therapists and physicians, where needed?
- Does the community provide geriatric physician and/or psychiatric services, and mobile lab services on site?
- Is staff available throughout the day to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs)?
- May the resident request special dietary meals?
- Is there a policy for reporting suspected elder abuse?
- Are there policy documents available for reading that explain personal care plans, service costs, refunds and transfers?
- Are there helpful programs, government, private or corporate, available to residents to alleviate costs?