Choosing a Senior Living community is a big step, and one that many put off. But after a life-altering event occurs is not the best time to start looking. Latest research shows that an active lifestyle, with regular exercise - including mental work-outs that stretch the brain - social interaction, and the right diet are all important to staying healthy. They may even help avoid that life-changing event altogether. The right environment can help residents live with more confidence and purpose, so it’s important to choose well.
Belmont Village Senior Living offers the following guidelines:
Be Safe – Always the top priority.
Is the community licensed to provide health services?
Is a licensed nurse on-site 24/7?
Does staff receive on-going training?
Is there a written care plan for each resident?
Think Ahead – The community should still be a good fit if needs change.
Pay attention to ease of navigation and safety measures.
Ask about care programs, even if you don’t need them now.
Are pharmacy services available?
Be Comfortable – The community should be clean and inviting. Is the staff friendly? Do residents appear happy and engaged?
Be Active – Ask to see the daily calendar.
Are there plenty of interesting things to do?
Is transportation available?
What about salon services?
Exercise Options – Look for a managed fitness center.
Are there multiple exercise classes?
Are therapy services available?
Eat Well, Live Well – Stop by for a meal if you can.
Are there a variety of appetizing and nutritious options?
Are special diets accommodated?
Look for heart-healthy choices as well as those rich in anti-oxidants.
Understand Contracts and Costs – Review the payment structure carefully. Is it a monthly fee, or a buy-in? What are termination and refund policies? How are care charges structured?
Don’t Forget Memory Care – Ask about dedicated activities for every day enrichment, plus a specialized program for Alzheimer’s. Are there specific goals to help maintain cognitive function?
Belmont Village is a premier provider of senior living. Atlanta communities include Belmont Village Johns Creek and Belmont Village Buckhead. For more information, please call 770-813-9505. www.belmontvillage.com