Choosing the right level of care for your loved one can feel like a minefield. There’s a lot of different terminology to understand, at a time when emotions and anxieties are likely to be running high. Senior assisted living is, effectively, the first level of residential care. An example is our self-contained apartments in Rossiter House in South Molton, Devon, which is adjacent to one of our residential care homes, East Street.
Senior assisted living enables the individual to live as independently as possible, in their own apartment, but with a wider support network easily on hand. You should expect there to be a self-contained flat with a living area, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen or kitchenette. However, residents should also have access to care staff, if needed. Usually the amount of support is tailored to the individual, but you should choose the facility based on the availability of services and facilities such as:
With senior assisted living, there will usually be a minimum age for new residents. Choose the location and size that suits your loved one. We always recommend choosing assisted living that is in or near to a town centre as this will enable independence for as long as possible.
In our experience, many people don’t consider the long-term needs of their loved one when they consider assisted living. Senior assisted living is appealing because it enables the individual to retain as much independence as possible, which is often a sticking point for individuals needing more support than they are getting at home.
However, senior assisted living isn’t future-proof. It’s why we always urge prospective residents and their families to consider not only their needs today, but how those needs may change in the future. Moving from assisted living into a residential care home or nursing home can be difficult, so choosing assisted living which enables a smoother transition is a good call.
As such, we suggest that you look for more than the basic concept of assisted living when looking at specific facilities. Most importantly, consider how care can be scaled up over time, should it be necessary. Look for:
Our primary recommendation is to choose an assisted living property which is closely connected with a sister care home. This makes for a secure and independent home, with all of the benefits of the care home onsite. As such, if the needs of your loved one increase over time, they can make use of the care home facilities, and easily transfer to become a resident, should it be needed.
For example, Rossiter House is in the grounds of our East Street home in South Molton, Devon. It’s a beautiful Georgian building with self-contained flats, enabling independence for those who live there. We call this ‘close care’. It’s the perfect balance of independence and support, and can adapt to the needs of the individual over time. Rossiter House residents may choose to shop, cook and eat independently, or they may choose to join us in the main home. Similarly, they may use domestic help on a per hour basis, but they can also join in with the events and amenities of the wider site. On the main site there’s everything from hairdressing and chiropody to reflexology and social events.
It therefore makes sense to always look at the care home available at the same time as considering the senior assisted living.
Whichever assisted living facility you decide on, it should be comfortable, homely and welcoming. It should feel like home.
Always visit the home and talk to the staff. Not only does this give you the opportunity to get a feel for whether this place could feel like home for your loved one, it also gives you a chance to understand more about the facilities, care and support that are available both now and in the future.
Find out more about our top tips for choosing care for your elderly loved one. If you would like to come and view Rossiter House and our East Street home, please give us a call on 01769 573166.