5 Questions You Must Ask During an Assisted Living Tour
Making the move into assisted living could be equally exciting and nerve-wracking. Exciting because you know it’s the right decision to enhance your quality of life and make new friends. Yet, nerve-wracking because you want to make sure you’re moving into the right senior living community. We don’t want to add any more pressure, but we find that seniors feel more at ease after asking our team of directors the following questions during their assisted living tour:
- Question 1: How can you ensure I’ll receive quality care?
When entrusting your care to someone else, you want to make sure that the community has your best interest in mind. So, it’s important that you find out how long the community has been caring for seniors and why they do it. United Methodist Communities, for example, has continued to grow and innovate to meet the needs of older adults for over 100 years! Each of our full-service senior communities has been designed as a continuum to allow residents to access multiple care levels under one roof. And throughout the years, our philosophy has stayed the same: to provide all seniors with the most abundant lifestyle through care, socialization, and spirituality.
- Question 2: Are caregivers onsite 24/7 in case of an emergency?
Seniors who live in a community setting should be relieved of day-to-day responsibilities like traveling to and from doctors’ appointments, remembering to take multiple medications, cooking meals, and cleaning their living space. Most assisted living communities will have staff members help residents with daily tasks of living (ADLs) throughout the day, from morning to night. A medical professional should also be onsite 24/7 in case of an emergency like a fall. At each of our assisted living communities in NJ, a highly-qualified team of UMC associates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide care tailored each resident’s wants and needs.
- Question 3: What activities do you offer?
Whether you know this fact or not, we’re here to remind you that once you move into an assisted living community, you will have much more free time on your hands! Trusty assisted living staff, like those at UMC at Pitman, are there to take care of your daily chores, which means you will have more time to do the things you truly love to do! If you have an activity you’re passionate about, like gardening for example, ask the community how you can incorporate it into your daily routine there. UMC at Pitman offers many different clubs and activities to suit many interests like gardening, group meditation, dance classes, virtual museum tours, bingo and so much more!
- Question 4: How is the food?
There is no shame when asking about food. After all, this could be your new home, so it’s crucial that you enjoy what you’ll be eating day in and day out! Ask about their nutrition plan and if you have a dietary concern or allergy, ask how you can be accommodated. It’s also important to see their dining room, as you will spend a lot of time dining with other residents. Our senior community in Pitman has a spacious dining room and culinary-trained chefs onsite to accommodate any special dietary requests.
- Question 5: What are the costs associated with assisted living?
Monthly assisted living costs vary by the community and the types of services you need. The base cost for an assisted living community depends on the selected floor plan, apartment size, and the care services and amenities selected. For example, assistance for seniors with dementia who require 24/7 health monitoring will cost more than that of a senior who only needs help with a few daily tasks, such as dressing and bathing. Please visit our website for more information on assisted living costs at UMC.
Assisted Living Community in Pitman, NJ
Choosing the right assisted living community is a huge decision for you and your family. Ask as many questions as you need to until you are satisfied with the level of care, amenities, and costs. Use the questions above to compare communities as you tour to help you reach a final choice successfully.
UMC at Pitman is committed to providing a senior living experience that enhances all aspects of wellbeing – mind, body and soul. If you’d like to see if we’re the right assisted living option in Gloucester County, New Jersey, please contact us today to schedule a personal tour or visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/pitman/