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Belmont Village offers Tips for Choosing a Senior Living Community

by brought to you by Belmont Village

April 22, 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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