Choosing the right assisted living community for your loved one

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 19, 2013

When it comes to choosing between retirement homes for ageing relatives, there are many things to consider. In addition to the cost, factors such as the distance from your home to the nursing home are important, as are the quality of life and medical facilities available. One of the most important points to remember, however, is that every person is different, and the unique needs of your loved one should be your primary concern.

When discussing care homes with your relative, talk about what really matters to them. Recreational activities are very important, as is the location of the residential care homes you are looking at. However, if your loved one has a serious medical condition such as Alzheimer's or heart disease, their medical needs should be your number one concern, as without specially trained staff to support them, it is unlikely that you will feel good about your decision.

In addition to the above, be sure that the nursing homes you are considering have fully trained staff on-site 24 hours a day, and that the meals served at the facility are healthy and nutritionally balanced. By researching your options carefully, you can find a care facility that not only puts your mind at ease, but also has the best interests of your loved one at heart.