Greenville’s temperate climate, healthy economy, and wide range of outdoorsy activities make it a great place to retire. For seniors who need a little more help, however, the search for the perfect assisted senior living in Greenville, South Carolina, can feel daunting. So how do you find assisted living options? And once you have a list together, how do you choose? Here’s how to find the perfect new home.
Identify Your Needs
Before you begin your search, you need to know what your loved one needs. Some questions that can help you identify those needs include:
- Do they have a diagnosis? What is the prognosis? What help might they need over time?
- What is your loved one’s personality? How do they like to spend their time?
- What barriers to independence and happiness does your loved one currently experience?
- What specific tasks does your loved one need help with?
- Which caregiving duties do you find most stressful?
- When you picture the perfect assisted senior living community, what does it look like?
- What is the ideal location for a senior community? Choosing a place that’s close to your home or work or centrally located between family members’ homes can make visits easier.
Ask for Recommendations
Once you know what you need, it’s time to ask others for recommendations. Talk openly with people you trust—family members, doctors, or people currently caring for your loved one—about your loved one’s needs, and ask for a referral.
If no one is able to recommend a community, take your search online. Spend some time reading reviews. Then check out each community’s Facebook page or blog. These sources offer a helpful window into community life and culture.
Be sure to seek information from outside sources, too, because online review sites can provide additional information. Read these reviews with a critical eye, though. Rather than looking at the rating, ask why the person assigned the rating they did. For example, did a person leave a negative review because of their frustrations with their loved one’s disease, or because of a true problem with the community?
Visiting the communities is the best way to assess whether a given community is the right choice for your loved one. Take your senior loved one with you and visit during an active time of day, such as during a meal or a community event. Take time to talk to residents, and ask them about their experiences with the community. They can offer unique insights and may even suggest questions you might not have considered.
Finally, ask to tour a unit similar to the one where your loved one would live. This is a chance to get one-on-one time with a staff member and ask more about the community. Consider preparing a list of questions ahead of time, and encourage your loved one to ask their own questions. Taking notes can also be helpful because it allows you to compare different communities after your visits.
Prepare to Move
Once you've chosen a community, contact the community right away. Some communities have waiting lists, so it’s important to plan ahead and get specific details about the first available move-in date.
Though the transition to assisted living usually means better health and greater happiness, no transition is without its difficulties. Your loved one may need extra support as they adapt to their new surroundings. So help them plan the logistics of the move, and plan to be available for more outings and family time in the following weeks and months. Eventually, you may find that your loved one is so busy that they don’t need as much support.
The Arbor Company, which manages The Gardens at Eastside, has built incredible assisted senior living communities for 30 years. We know that no two seniors are alike, so we specialize in living options as unique as your loved one is. To learn more or schedule a tour, contact us today.