Even the most robust seniors can develop health issues that make living independently impossible. The fact that adult children often live far from elderly parents adds to the problem. Fortunately, communities designed to meet the needs of the aging offer solutions that lift burdens from seniors and their children. Anaheim, CA., offers warm, welcoming assisted living communities where residents thrive. 

The communities vary widely, so it is essential to evaluate several and choose one that meets an elderly parent’s needs. There are several critical factors to consider, including culture, staffing, security, medical care, cost, location, and higher care availability.  

1. Find the Right Location 

Senior living professionals recommend making a list of essential requirements when considering assisted living In Anaheim, CA, and the location should be near the top of that list. Having children living nearby can make a big difference in residents’ quality of life.  

For some seniors, the most crucial consideration is staying close to a familiar neighborhood. Others might need to move farther away to be near better medical facilities or family members.

2. Check on Licensing and Accreditation 

According to the legal website ElderLawAnswers, it is wise to check care providers’ licenses and accreditation. Per Assistedliving.com, “Assisted living communities in California are licensed, monitored and regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the California Department of Social Services.”

Ask to see inspection reports. Consumer advocacy groups such as Assisted Living Consumer Alliance and Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living can also provide information about care providers.

3. Evaluate the Staff  

AARP suggests asking questions about community staffing and learning how many caregivers are available, especially at night. If staff is stretched too thin or there is a lack of medical personnel on each shift, residents may not get the help they need during emergencies. 

4. Review Costs vs. the Budget

Whether families are searching for a community that offers a range of living options or primarily needs a memory care community, it is critical to consider costs in the earliest planning stages. Most people need to budget for eldercare and break down costs for each community they visit.  

5. Ensure Residents Can Transition to Higher Care

Families should ask about assisted living vs. memory care when considering communities. Assisted living focuses on helping each resident live the most independent life possible and is ideal for those who need minimal help. Many communities also provide specialized memory care for those with dementia. It is crucial to ask whether residents living independently can transition to memory care if they need it in the future.  

6. Grab a Meal During a Visit

During site visits, family members should make a point of having a meal in the community dining room. That gives them a chance to inspect the premises for cleanliness, design, and atmosphere. It’s also a chance to test food quality.   

7. Find Out What Activities Are Offered 

Residents often move to assisted living communities while active and mentally sharp, as their quality of life depends on enriching activities and active social life. Check with the social director during visits, and learn what amenities they offer.  

8. Think About Community Size

Some seniors thrive in large communities, and others do better in smaller environments. Larger environments are usually best for more independent residents who need the freedom to pursue their interests but can get help if it’s needed. Small communities can feel more neighborly and make it easier for seniors to make friends.  

9. Understand the Community Culture

Just as there are neighborhoods to match all interests and tastes, different assisted living communities can provide cultures that suit various needs. Seniors do much better when they are intellectually and physically engaged and are likely to thrive in an atmosphere that matches their personalities and allows them to enjoy their favorite hobbies.

10. Observe the Residents 

The people living in a community become new residents’ friends and neighbors, so it is wise to pay attention to them. Take the time to observe residents in action and note whether they seem happy, engaged, and social.

11. Assess Faith-Based Options 

Seniors active in their religion are often drawn to faith-based, long-term care communities. While these environments can be very comforting, it is vital to understand religious communities’ rules. Many take firm positions on issues such as do-not-resuscitate orders.

12. Ensure Adult Siblings Are On Board

A parent’s transition to assisted living is more likely to go smoothly if every adult sibling has input in the decision. Since it’s impossible to make such a complex decision by committee, most families appoint one sibling to make decisions, and then everyone supports them.  

Assisted living communities provide critical help if the elderly cannot live alone safely. When adult children search for a community, they should make a plan that includes a budget and a list of essential requirements. It is also crucial to visit and assess each community before deciding.

Arbor Palms of Anaheim is an assisted living community serving Anaheim. California, and surrounding areas. Our caring staff ensures that residents enjoy a secure, vibrant lifestyle and always have access to expert care.