National Assisted Living Week® Sept. 10-16: Assisted Living Locators Provides Tips on How to Choose A Senior Assisted Living Community



A weeklong celebration kicks off Sunday, September 10 through Saturday, September 16. It is National Assisted Living Week®.

Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, National Assisted Living Week® provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The NCAL website states there are 30,200 assisted living communities with 1 million licensed beds in the United States today. The number of licensed beds within a community range from 4 to 499.

Finding the best assisted living community isn’t easy. Not only is the senior facing a difficult decision to move from home, he/she has to find a community capable of meeting his or her needs and preferences. With some guidance, this search can be easier.

In celebration of National Assisted Living Week, Assisted Living Locators San Antonio is providing tips to help choose the best assisted living community for a loved one. Assisted Living Locators is a “free service” to seniors and their families offering expert advice on short-term and long-term care options in Bexar and surrounding counties.

According to Tim Hodge, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® and owner of Assisted Living Locators San Antonio, “Choosing an assisted living community is an important decision that involves more than simply choosing a floor plan — it’s about lifestyle. And in addition to meeting social, cultural, educational and recreational requirements, you also want to ensure that there is a continuum of care in place to meet your loved one’s needs if and when those needs change.”

Assisted living facilities offer the safety and security of 24-hour support and access to care. Day or night, help is only a phone call away. However, privacy and independence are encouraged. A good facility will develop a personalized plan that meets your senior’s needs and accommodates their disabilities, while giving them the freedom to do what they can for themselves. Most facilities have a group dining area and common areas for social and recreational activities.

Hodge recommends touring assisted living communities in your area to best evaluate your loved one’s options and get a feel for their “culture.” Sample the dining services by visiting for lunch. Or, attend a community event or social — there are numerous low-key opportunities which provide fun-filled, no-pressure invitations to mingle with current residents and preview the community.

“Make sure the community feels home-like,” said Hodge. “Do you like the décor? Are there grab bars in the bathroom? Is there a separate thermostat in your room? Is there plenty of natural lighting? What is the view like? Is there enough closet and storage space? Are kitchen cabinets easy to reach?”

Hodge stated that amenities offered by assisted living communities are also important. Does the facility offer activities your senior is interested in? Is there a craft or art room on site? Are there transportation schedules for shopping and doctors’ appointments? Does the facility have amenities that are important to his/her interests, such as a work-out facility, recreation center, library, or a chapel?

To feel confident that your loved one will be well taken care of, Hodge suggests inquiring about the staffing levels and workload at an assisted living facility. For example, how many staff members are actually involved in residents’ care? How many people are working at any one time? What are their duties during those times—do they have time to interact with residents? Are there registered nurses on site? How do staffing patterns differ at night? What happens when a staff member is sick or otherwise unable to be at work—is there enough cover?

He explained that it is also imperative to make sure the facility is in compliance with state and local licensing requirements. In the U.S., each state has different standards.

“It’s is a great idea to find someone who provides expert advice on senior housing and care, who works with families to find assisted living communities with top amenities, progressive healthcare and optimal wellness programs,” Hodge added. “Our free community-oriented service allows you take the time to ensure information is fully vetted, intuitive and considers the best elder care resources out there.”

To access Assisted Living Locators’ no cost, referral service for seniors and their families, call Tim Hodge at (210) 858-6989 or email him at timh@AssistedLivingLocators.com. Visit their website for more information: www.sa.AssistedLivingLocators.com.

About Assisted Living Locators

Assisted Living Locators offers a “free service” for seniors and their families providing expert advice on short-term and long-term care options including in-home care, assisted living, memory care and retirement apartments. It generates revenue from the fees paid by the assisted living facilities per placement and from in-home care referrals. Those interested in a franchise are encouraged to apply. To learn more about Assisted Living Locators, call 800-267-7816 or visit: www.assistedlivinglocators.com.

Submitted By: Assisted Living Locators

Phone Number: (210) 858-6989

Website: www.sa.AssistedLivingLocators.com