More than 80% of deaths in Canada that were related to the pandemic occurred in retirement homes. It is understandable that families are hesitant about moving to a retirement home at this point in time.
Moving anywhere during the COVID-19 pandemic is stressful, but moving to a senior living facility may seem almost impossible. The truth is that it is becoming safer for families to start to consider assisted living communities.
Are you considering moving to a retirement home? Do you have a loved one that would benefit from assisted living?
Keep reading to find out some basic things to consider when choosing retirement home for assisted living during the pandemic.
Think About Services You or Your Loved One Need
Finding the best retirement home for you or someone else during the pandemic is difficult because you aren't able to actually view the location. Instead, you must rely on digital photos or videos to get an idea of what the location is like.
Many of the retirement homes available will offer similar services. These may include housekeeping, meals and dining options, or laundry services.
In addition to that, many people that live in assisted living communities need other services, like medication management or 24/7 available medical staff.
It is a good idea to think about all of these needs holistically and choose the retirement home, such as Central Place Retirement Community, that most closely checks all of the boxes. You should benefit every day from the care that is given by the retirement home staff.
Speak With the Staff Members
Before you choose a retirement home or assisted living location, you should talk to the staff about the situation. They may have specific recommendations for you in regards to the pandemic and current regulations.
Many assisted living homes are dealing with outbreaks as the pandemic continues, so understanding what the facility is doing to handle these outbreaks and keep residents safe is a smart move. In addition to that, you want to make sure that you or your loved one is moving into a location that you're comfortable with.
Staff may advise you to limit your exposure to other people before moving in or to specifically follow the most recent health guidelines provided nationally.
Either way, talk to the staff members to see what they say and what types of standards are in place at the current moment.
Consider Local Health Regulations
It is a good idea to stay up-to-date on the most current local health regulations for your own safety, but also to better understand which guidelines apply to you or your loved one.
The coronavirus has caused changes to occur quickly in many locations because it keeps evolving and changing how we live our lives. Knowing what the regulations are and if there are local outbreaks occurring will help you stay healthy.
Think of What a Comfortable Living Situation Would Look Like
As time passes and the pandemic eventually starts to subside, there are other factors that you will want to consider for long-term residents as well.
The type of room or suite that you or your loved one will live in is important because it is where you'll get the most privacy during your time in the retirement home. The other areas are common areas for all residents, but those are also important to consider because you need to be comfortable everywhere you go.
At Central Place Retirement Community, we offer deluxe suites that are complete with a kitchenette, living room, bathroom, and bedroom. They measure in at 550 square feet. We also offer outdoor areas, including decks and gardens, for residents to enjoy.
Are You Seeking a Private Retirement Home?
It is hard to find a retirement home for senior living due to the pandemic, but it is not impossible.
We have many of the most desirable features that you could look for in a retirement home. We want to make you comfortable and give you a place to call home.
Are you interested in learning more? If so, be sure to contact us today.