According to the Assisted Living Federation of America, nearly one million Americans are now living in assisted living facilities and that number is growing every day. There are more than 31,000 licensed assisted living communities across the country, which means that elderly Americans and their families have a variety of options to choose from.
At Village Green Retirement Campus we’ve been helping the elderly and their families navigate this phase of life for many years. Our goal is to support our residents so that they can live as independently as possible, for as long as possible, with the best quality of life possible. To that end, we have exceptional facilities; lovely grounds; diverse and delicious menu options; and a full complement of classes, workshops, fitness opportunities and social events.
If you are reading this blog, you have probably already checked out our website where you can find evidence of all of the above. The website is a great first step in making sure that an assisted living facility meets your minimum requirements. But, there is no substitute for visiting a facility, having lunch or dinner there and talking with some of the residents. That’s where you’ll hear about, and meet, our exceptional staff.
Yes, there are some features that are fairly standard at all or most assisted living facilities, but there are also some features that distinguish one facility from another. While we are proud of what we have to offer, we understand that facilities have unique cultures or personalities and it’s important to find the right match.
If you or a loved one is considering a move to assisted living, I invite you to check out an eBook titled, “When Parents Age.” It’s a clear, concise discussion of how to determine if your loved one needs assisted living, how to start a conversation about assisted living, what to look for in an assisted living facility and tips for making assisted living affordable.
Once you’ve determined that assisted living is right for you or your loved one, it’s important to visit several facilities and literally see how you feel when you are there. We often hear residents tell us that they felt “at home” during their very first visit.
In addition to reading “When Parents Age,” you might also want to look at a community care checklist created by the Assisted Living Federation of America. It’s a great resource to take with you when you visit facilities because it prompts you to consider questions such as:
As you arrive at the community, do you like its location and outward appearance?
As you enter the lobby and tour the community, is the décor attractive and homelike?
Do you receive a warm greeting from staff welcoming you to the community?
At Village Green Retirement Campus we would love to show you what we have to offer. Bring your checklist and come visit us today.