When an elderly loved one is in need of some supervision or help, but doesn’t need skilled nursing care, an Arizona assisted living community may be the right choice. At many communities, seniors can maintain some independence living in private or semiprivate rooms in a complex where meals are provided and there’s shared dining, common areas, organized group activities, transportation to places, Alzheimer’s care and more. This is a great option for those who would like to live in a more social atmosphere with a sense of community.
You’ll first want to establish what city you’ll want your loved one to live in. It should be close to family and friends to visit and in a safe neighborhood. Once you’ve narrowed down the area, you’ll want to start searching online. On caring.com, it lists 530+ assisted living facilities in Phoenix. You can narrow your search even further by zip code and upon doing that, order them by top rated or distance. Keep in mind these ratings are submitted by residents, family members, or sometimes those who just toured the facility and shared their experience. Each review will tell you which category they fall within. This is a great opportunity to narrow your search according to reviews. If a facility has overwhelmingly consistent negative reviews, you’ll want to keep searching.
Within each profile you’ll also find more information about the community including a general overview, features within the community, housing options, health services, languages, activities, technology and entertainment, cleaning services and more. Many listings will also include photos and pricing. Keep in mind that these communities tend to come at a higher cost than nursing homes. Though some homes will accept Medicaid, these options are usually limited.
You’ve found a list of 3 to 5 seemingly good options for your loved one. What next? You can start by picking up the phone. Upon calling you’ll learn if there is space available to meet your loved one’s needs. Does he/she want a shared space? One bedroom? Studio? If your option is not available, many places have a waiting list you could add your name to.
At this time you’ll probably be most curious to know pricing. This may not be the time to do so, but you can get a little more specific as to what types of payments are accepted, whether or not there at programs to assist residents in paying for their care, and at what point you can learn more about pricing. Often times you will be invited to tour the facility – which you should always do. Ask by phone how long tours last and what it consists of. That way, you’ll know what to expect and can plan accordingly. Or – if you arrive and the tour does not consist of what you expected, you can inquire more as to why. If the tour guide is avoiding the dining hall because it’s meal time – that could be a red flag. In fact, this is the best time to tour a facility because you’ll be able to see interaction between staff and residents, residents with each other, the quality of the food, and the cleanliness of the dining hall.
After speaking to someone via phone, this may or may not narrow down your search. However, since you started with 3 to 5 options, there should still be enough options to schedule tours at each facility. If not, you’ll want to start from the beginning.
If you’re ready for a tour, you’ll want to read our blog on what to look for when touring an assisted living facility.
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