Posted July 11, 2018 in Articles
Author: Becky Raspe
As one ages, there typically comes a time when one either decides to stay at home and age in place or move out and live in a senior community.
If the family decides a senior community is the best route, Deanna Snider, community relations specialist at Menorah Park in Beachwood, and Ari Hyman, administrator at Montefiore’s The Weils in Bainbridge Township, said choosing the right one is a personal process.
“When I get an initial call from a potential resident, I want to find out what their story is and what they are looking for,” Snider said. “Then, I cater that conversation to their needs and try to find the right fit for them in our community and campus.”
Hyman suggests families consider specific needs.
“You want to make sure the resident’s needs are within the scope of services the facility in question provides,” he said. “Another thing is the quality and quantity of the nurses and aides that are providing the care.”
Both professionals said the selection process should include the senior in question.
“In situations where a senior is of sound mind, they should play a big role in that decision,” Hyman said. “In situations where the resident has cognitive impairment, it might be harder to play that role. But, the decision should be made in advance of the resident needing the facility. The more forethought of what the plan needs to be, the better. Don’t wait until it’s an emergency to start thinking about where mom or dad should be.”
“It’s always important to involve the person who is going to be living on our campus to find out what their abilities and needs are and then try to fit in what their goal is,” Snider said. “It is a family affair when you visit the campus.”
Snider said the decision process depends on the senior’s specific needs.