What’s the Best Way to Research Assisted Living Options?
As you start your research to find an assisted living community that best suits your needs, you will have many questions along the way. Whether you’re moving from your own home or from an independent living apartment, you will also find that the physical demands of moving are a big deal when transitioning to this new phase of life. You’ll probably have to downsize your possessions, and that usually comes with hard decisions to make. If you’re feeling uneasy, you’re not alone. Let us assure you, you can rest easy because at Charlton Place, we have the expertise in place to help you and your family members every step of the way.
Your research may start with searching online, reading brochures or discussing with close friends and relatives, but once you narrow your list down, it’s important to experience the community firsthand.
When to Move to Senior Living
The best time to make the move to any type of senior living community is while your health is at its most optimal. That way you can take the time to tour multiple communities and make a well-considered choice. Once you’re there, you can relax and settle in to your new home. That eases the stress not only for you but your family, too.
When you’re first starting your search, decide on what’s important to you now and what will become crucial to your health care in the future.
Your well-being is priority one. The Gables at Charlton Place meticulously designs an individualized care plan in collaboration with your personal physician, specialists, registered nurses and family members. If you experience health changes or mobility issues, the plan can be modified. Look for trained, experienced staff who will be alert to any warning signs. Your assisted living care team should include the expertise of:
- A medical director
- Registered nurses
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
Assistance With Activities of Daily Living
Assisted living offers help with one or more of the following activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, mobility, incontinence and medication reminders. It’s important to know if your community provides:
- Licensed nursing staff 24/7
- Personal care assistance available around the clock
- An emergency call response system
Nutritious, Fresh Meals
Chances are, you’re not eating as healthy as you used to, especially if you have mobility issues or are just cooking for one. As your body ages, your ability to absorb nutrients lessens, making good food choices even more critical. Poor nutrition weakens your body and puts you at higher risk for chronic diseases. Charlton Place offers:
- Fresh, locally sourced meals packed with nutrition
- Restaurant-style dining that encourages social interaction
- A registered dietitian to plan your meals
- Room service if you feel like staying in
- Allowances for special dietary needs
We know healthy nutrition is not the same for everyone. That’s why you’ll find flexible options to meet each individual’s dietary needs at our community. Whether you need to cut back on sugar or watch your salt intake, we’re here to help with carefully planned, delicious meals.
Even if you’re not a person who regularly exercises, having fitness programs on-site and fun, guided group classes can change that. Our community accommodates seniors of all abilities with specially designed equipment and classes like chair exercises. Look for:
- Roomy activity and fitness centers with plenty of clean equipment
- Trained fitness instructors who can accommodate all levels of ability
- Safe walking areas
Safety is key when looking at your next senior living residence. Make sure the assisted living community you choose has:
- 24-hour front desk staff
- After-hours controlled access
- Documented emergency plans and procedures
- Working emergency call systems
- Building modifications throughout for easy access and mobility
- Clearly marked exits
- Sprinkler systems
Engaging Social Activities
One of the best aspects of senior living is the ability to make new friends and stay engaged with others. Our community has purposely designed comfy areas where you can join family and friends to gather. It’s ideal for conversing with neighbors every day. Getting to know fellow residents and our friendly staff will also boost your mood and sense of well-being. Look for assisted living communities with:
- Cultural, social and educational activities that interest you
- Common living spaces and outdoor areas with comfortable couches
- Resident/family activity calendar
A real advantage of assisted living, like independent living and skilled nursing, is not having to worry about chores and repairs anymore. In a no buy-in community like ours, convenient services like these are covered in your monthly rent:
- Housekeeping, laundry and linen service
- On-site maintenance
- Concierge, valet and transportation services
Uplifting Amenities in Assisted Living
Inviting, bright areas should make you feel right at home. Light, welcoming interiors and well-maintained grounds all contribute to a comfortable, relaxed lifestyle. Will you have easy access to amenities like these?
- Game rooms
- Creative studios
- Gardens and outdoor spaces
Deatsville Location Near Montgomery, Alabama
Location is important in your retirement living research. You may want to search for a retirement community near the locations of your family, friends, medical facilities and favorite shopping areas. Charlton Place in Deatsville is about 25 miles from the state capital, Montgomery.
We’d be happy to consult with you as you begin your research. Contact us to schedule a personal consultation.