Questions to Ask an Assisted Living Community
In the United States, more than 800,000 older adults reside in an assisted living community. So if you’ve started to think about planning your senior living journey, you’re not alone.
According to the World Health Organization, the global population of adults over the age of 60 is expected to double by the year 2050. With the aging population growing, it’s critical to start thinking about the future. Even if you don’t think you would benefit from assisted living care now, consider what the future might bring.
Assisted living communities offer benefits for older adults who want to maintain their independence while receiving help with daily tasks or activities of daily living (ADLs), transportation, and home maintenance. These communities ensure retirees enjoy their days and find support and connection without the hassles of chores, tasks, and stresses of being a homeowner.
At Village Green Senior Living, our Federal Way and West Seattle assisted living communities improve residents’ quality of life. We want to help you find your ideal assisted living community that supports your physical and emotional well-being, so we’re sharing questions to ask during your senior living search.
What Sets the Community Apart From Others?
In the simplest terms, assisted living provides older adults with care in a residential setting. However, some communities go above and beyond this basic definition to promote an active and enhanced lifestyle. You might associate “active living” with ideas of fitness, but this term is also used to describe an engaging and enriching environment where residents can enhance their retirement lifestyle.
When searching for a Federal Way assisted living community, you’ll discover all communities are not the same. You won’t find another senior living community like Village Green. We believe in the healing powers of nature and the peacefulness and tranquility that can only be found by embracing the beauty of the outdoors; we never give up looking for ways to make Village Green greener. Our beautiful homes, staff, and exciting events make Village Green the natural choice for Federal Way assisted living.
How Does the Community Personalize Care?
Everyone leads a unique lifestyle, which is why it’s important to ensure your assisted living community is ready to help you thrive. If you’ve started to struggle with activities of daily living or the tasks that allow you to lead a life of quality, make notes of the specific things that require help:
- Do I require medication management?
- Do I need help getting dressed in the morning?
- Do I need assistance with bathing, showering, and other forms of personal hygiene?
Ask the community how they can help with your personal needs to gain an understanding of assistance levels. At Village Green’s Federal Way assisted living community, your healthcare needs are fulfilled by qualified, licensed staff consisting of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed nurses, who are available 24 hours a day.
How Does the Community Promote an Active and Engaging Lifestyle?
Be sure to ask about community culture and engagement when visiting a community. This community will be your new home, so you want to choose an environment that meshes with your ideals and current lifestyle.
Talk to staff to get an idea of monthly activity schedules, trips, and excursions, and ask them what they do to ensure that the community is constantly evolving to provide the best engagement for residents.
What Dining Services Are Offered?
During a community visit, ask for a sample menu to get an idea of the meals served. This is also a good time to speak to someone on the kitchen staff to ask about any specific dietary needs that you might have. Talk to staff about how menus are created and prepared for special occasions, like holidays, and see if they allow guests to attend – this is an excellent idea for visits with family and friends.
At Village Green Senior Living, meals are served restaurant-style so residents can relax and enjoy socializing with neighbors and friends. Our meals are prepared with nutrition in mind to ensure that individual dietary needs are met with a variety of dish options for every palette.
What Amenities Are Offered?
You’ve probably been focusing on location, services, and care plans when sifting through community options. While these factors are important, amenities and community features are also a consideration. They can range from on-site features like walking paths, gardens, or common living areas to leisure and activity spaces like fitness centers, libraries, arts and crafts rooms, movie theaters, and more.
Ask for a tour of each amenity to get a better idea of each space and see if there’s something for your interests and hobbies.
With its wealth of activities, amenities, and supportive services, Village Green Senior Living is a shining example of Federal Way assisted living. We can’t wait to find the perfect place for you within our thriving community. Contact us today!