First, you and your loved ones will deal with the emotions of a changing lifestyle. Family and friends may feel guilt and apprehension, even when moving is clearly for the benefit, safety and happiness of a loved one who needs special care.
Spectrum of Support. Check the senior living community’s reputation by accessing social media postings—better yet, by getting referrals from current residents, family and friends. The best communities focus on both healthcare and hospitality services. Find out if there is a supportive transition plan to Memory Care units available for early-stage dementia patients.
Nutritional Needs. Providing a variety of nutritious meals and fresh produce options support the brain’s health. Senior meals should be reviewed by a licensed dietitian for balance and nutrition, calories and enjoyment. Upscale communities have regular “menu chat” sessions, when residents meet with the dining services director and executive chef to evaluate menu items.
Care with Compassion. In addition to quality training and good staff-to-resident ratios, the management should be committed to delivering service with integrity, dignity and compassion. Great senior living care engages kūpuna, gives them space to be active and offers a complete program of physical and emotional support.