Questions to Ask an Assisted Living Community

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Your loved one deserves great care and at Hope’s Residence we strive to provide that each and every day for our residents. We understand that selecting a residential care community in Brooklyn Park, MN is an important decision for you or your loved one. As a caregiver, your loved one’s physical, mental, and social wellbeing are all important considerations when selecting the right community. Whether you have started researching senior living care options or you need to move immediately, proper research is vital to finding the right community that can meet you or loved ones needs.

There are many factors to consider when researching assisted living facilities in Minnesota. Part of your research will include visiting the senior care facilities you feel are the best fit and ask the right questions to make the best decision possible.

Before you begin touring senior living communities in Brooklyn Park, either virtually or in person, it is a great idea to make a list of questions that will help you determine what community would provide the best care for you or your loved one. Here are a few questions to consider when considering an assisted living community:

What types of activities are offered?

One important question to ask is about the activities or programs the assisted living community or residential care home in Brooklyn Park provides.  Ask questions regarding the types of activities the community offers so that you know if the activities are ones in which your loved one will want to or can participate in.  Programs should allow for individual as well as group participation and provide opportunities for enhanced socialization.  

Many communities also offer opportunities for family member involvement.  From birthday parties to holiday celebrations, there are many activities in which families are invited. During your community visit, ask for a schedule of activities and which events family members can attend.

What dining options are provided?

Enjoying a variety of healthy and delicious meals is an important part of all of our lives.  This is also true in an assisted living community where staff should ensure residents received a well-balanced diet. During your tour, ask about the meals your loved one will be served and try to determine if the menu is really suited to what they like as well as their dietary needs.

If your loved one has special meal requirements due to allergies or if he or she is diabetic, ask if alternative meals are offered and how food preparation is managed to accommodate those needs. It’s important to ask if the menus were created by a dietician and how often they rotate.

How are health needs addressed?

Every resident is different, so everyone residing in a senior living facility in Minnesota will need to have a different level of support and different types of care. For example, if your loved one needs support with activities of daily life, ask about the level of services provided like bathing, dressing and medication management. Ask how a care plan is determined and how often it is reviewed to ensure the changing needs of your loved one are met. 

Who Can I Contact When I Have Questions?

As you tour your list of communities, you will be provided with a lot of information to consider. Ask the person giving you a tour who you should speak with if you have additional questions you may not have considered or asked during your visit. 

As you start your search for the best assisted living community in Brooklyn Park, MN for you or your loved one, be sure to consider Hope’s Residence. Our care team works diligently to provide the quality care our residents need and deserve in a safe, loving, and stimulating residential home.