Posted: Friday, August 19, 2016 – 5:22 PM
Choosing a senior living community is one of the most important decisions a family will make. Although there are many choices available, finding a place that feels like home, and that can serve both current and future needs is key. The Belmont Village Communities of Los Angeles offer the following tips to help families find the right fit.
License – Make sure the community is licensed to provide health-related services such as blood pressure, injections and medication management.
Atmosphere – The staff should warmly greet you and residents should appear comfortable. Pick a place where you would want to be.
Food Service – Make sure there are three balanced meals a day. Is there good variety and quality? Are special diets accommodated? Dine at the community to experience the food.
Staffing – How extensive is the staff training? What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Is there a licensed nurse onsite?
Services – Is there 24-hour assistance with personal needs? Is transportation provided? What about pharmacy and salon services? Is there a regular calendar of fun, purposeful activities and outings?
Medication and Health Care – Is there a written care plan for residents? Is a nurse on-site to monitor care, (including complex health conditions such as diabetes,) take physician’s orders, and coordinate care needs and information with providers and families? Ask if injections or topical medications can be administered.
Contracts, Costs and Finances – Do you lease or buy-in? What are the contract termination and refund policies? Watch out for hidden service fees.
Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Memory Enrichment – Are there dedicated memory programs designed with specific goals to help maintain cognitive function across a range of abilities and interests? (Not just busywork). Check to make sure that staff are specially trained to handle cognitive decline with sensitivity.
There are six Belmont Village communities serving the Greater LA area from Thousand Oaks to Rancho Palos Verdes. For communities close to home please call Belmont Village Encino, (818) 788-8870, Belmont Village Hollywood, (310) 475-7501 and Belmont Village Westwood (310) 475-7501 or visit www.belmontvillage.com. # # #