What to Look for in Assisted Living Near Me
Googling “assisted living near me” yields over 600,000 results in under a single second, which can make the hunt for perfect senior housing in Brookfield, Wisconsin feel like a needle-in-a-haystack situation. But finding the right facilities for your loved one doesn’t have to be left to chance…
Today’s post outlines 5 criteria that you must include in your search for assisted living in Brookfield, WI. These 5 points alone will help narrow your list considerably, but if you need additional help, check out our free referral services at https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/wi/brookfield/.
What To Look For In Assisted Living Near Me
- Experienced and compassionate caregivers. Always Best Care Greater Milwaukee has been committed to the highest quality of care since 1996, and this is reflected in our hiring policy, which requires comprehensive background and reference checks, training, bonding, and insurance. Accordingly, we have zero tolerance for inexperienced or unqualified staff with the living centers we recommend – and you should too!
- Inclusive social support. There is an extensive body of literature foregrounding the harmful effects of social isolation and loneliness on the mental, physical, and emotional health statuses of elderly populations.To offset these risks, the Journal of Aging and Health recommends that senior caregivers implement social support systems (Tomaka et al., 2006). In addition to the “objective” social structures that seniors will enjoy by being surrounded by their peers in assisted living centers, elderly populations need “subjective” social support in the form of direct interaction and inclusion (p. 359-362). To that end, when researching assisted living near you, make sure that all prospective facilities include direct social support in the form of events, scheduled interactions, and companionship services, because simply surrounding your loved one with other seniors isn’t enough!
- Great food! Proper nutrition is non-negotiable, especially for vulnerable senior populations. If your chosen living center has a dated “hospital food” approach to meal planning, consider that a serious red flag.
- Adequate slip-and-fall prevention. Several studies have found that roughly one third of America’s senior population suffers from at least one serious slip-and-fall injury per year (Roudsari et al., 2005, p. 1317). Many of these injuries can be fatal, with 12,837 fatalities having been recorded among US seniors in 2003 (p. 1316). The acute medical care costs of fall-related injuries among U.S. seniors are staggering, both in terms of the money spent on hospitalization and the indirect financial impacts that these injuries have on seniors and caregivers.Accordingly, slip-and-fall prevention programs should be part of your search criteria when researching local assisted living options near you. Fortunately, a number of facilities with such programs are available in Brookfield, Wisconsin, to which an ABC Greater Milwaukee representative would be happy to refer you.
- An experience eye to assess your loved one’s unique care needs. Ultimately, everybody has unique care needs that can only be met when identified by experienced care providers. Though we all have to deal with aging, most people have no idea what to look for in senior housing. And while the aforementioned criteria will ensure your chosen facility meets industry standards, we cannot possibly get to know you through the one-way communication that this article offers. So before you Google “assisted living near me” and start shopping around, we recommend sitting down with a member of our team in Brookfield, WI for a FREE consultation and referral service. We have been helping seniors find the perfect living arrangements since 1996, and are standing by to conduct an assessment and identify which communities would be best for you.To book a free consultation and start your free referral service, call 262-721-0765, or fill out our online form at https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/wi/brookfield/.
Roudsari, B. S., Ebel, B. E., Corso, P. S., Molinari, N. A. M., &Koepsell, T. D. (2005). The acute medical care costs of fall-related injuries among the US older adults. Injury, 36(11), 1316-1322.
Tomaka, J., Thompson, S., & Palacios, R. (2006). The relation of social isolation, loneliness, and social support to disease outcomes among the elderly. Journal of Aging and Health, 18(3), 359-384.