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Belmont Village offers Tips for Choosing a Senior Living Community



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April 25, 2013
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

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