Your parents are getting older, and for now, they’re healthy and happy at home. But what about next year? Or next month? Situations can change quickly. Many seniors prefer living at home and staying independent for as long as possible. However, others are happily moving to an assisted living center for benefits that aren’t otherwise available.
Certainly, the day will come when you must decide whether your parents need additional help. They may be reluctant to move. But the truth is, when it comes to quality of life, a senior living facility might be the best choice for their health and welfare. Senior care is an excellent alternative for those who need more help than the family can provide. Understanding what an assisted living community offers will make it easier to choose the best option for their situation.
Advantages of Assisted Living and Senior Care
Assisted living communities are bright, happy, stimulating, and offer a variety of care levels. Here are some of their benefits:
A Safe Living Environment
Do you worry about your parents falling or getting injured? Even adding a few modifications to their home is costly and may not keep them completely safe. Assisted living provides a secure and comfortable, stress-free environment. There are grab bars in bathrooms, handrails in hallways, proper lighting, extra safety precautions in every room, and medical attention immediately available if necessary. Residents have a setting designed especially for them.
Daily Living Assistance
Are you exhausted from running to your loved one’s home to help with bathing, dressing, and other daily activities? It’s time to be their child again and not their nurse. One of the most basic principles of assisted living is to help residents with these activities, so they can feel independent and keep their dignity.
Intellectual Stimulation and Social Activities
Are your parents spending time just watching television or staring out the window? Assisted living centers offer opportunities to learn new hobbies, such as gardening, take computer classes, join book clubs, etc. When people live alone, they often become isolated, which contributes to the decline of their physical and mental health. By moving to assisted living communities, residents socialize and stay connected with volunteers, residents, and staff through outings and activities. Even watching television with others is more fun.
Physical Fitness and Activities
Are your parents sedentary and losing their balance and muscle tone? Many assisted living communities offer exercise classes and gym equipment to encourage better fitness. Outdoor areas allow residents to take walks, practice Tai Chi, yoga, and other light exercises in the fresh air.
More Nutritious Meals
Have you become concerned about what your parents are eating? Unfortunately, seniors don’t always eat what and when they should. Fast food or junk food become their “go-to” meals.
Assisted living centers understand that grocery shopping, planning menus, and cooking can be a burden. They offer nutritious food three times a day, created for residents’ individual needs and medical conditions. Fresh and nutrient-dense meals, in a wide variety of choices, are made every day.
No More Housekeeping or Driving
Do your parents rely on you to drive them to appointments, shopping, church, and clean their home or do laundry? Fortunately, assisted living facilities take care of all that. Even residents who are still very independent find it challenging to keep up and don’t mind handing over the work to someone else. Senior care centers provide cleaning and laundry service and free transportation to shopping centers, church, medical appointments, concerts, other community events, and more.
Help your loved ones enjoy their senior years without worrying about home upkeep, safety issues, cooking, or daily personal activities. Instead, let them take pleasure in visiting with friends, learning new things, and living stress-free.
Learn More Through Villa St. Francis
If you are unsure of what the next steps of care should be, contact Villa St. Francis. We are a community specializing in independent living, assisted living, and healthcare living for seniors in Greater Milwaukee.
We invite you to contact us to take a comprehensive tour. We’re certain you and your family will feel right at home at Villa St. Francis. Call today!
Milwaukee, WI April 22, 2019
Villa St. Francis is proud and excited to announce the launch of their newly designed website. Created by Debra Lopez Public Relations, this new site is designed with the user in mind. It’s easier to navigate, with more photos, educational content, frequently asked questions, and offers many new features for a better online experience. Everyone is invited to explore the site at www.villastfrancis.org.
With its updated look and feel, this new and refreshed website allows families and those looking for assisted living services to find the solution they need. It gives potential residents a complete understanding of the process of applying for and moving into the facility. In addition, there is an opportunity to take an online tour of apartment choices. People thinking of assisted living possibilities are just a click away from their new home.
About Villa St. Francis
On West Ohio Avenue on the south side of Milwaukee, Villa St. Francis is also conveniently located near St. Francis Hospital. Villa St. Francis provides a caring, home-like living environment for more than 100 residents with a variety of care needs. Whether you are an independent senior looking for a minimal level of assistance and the camaraderie and support of a group living environment, or someone who needs help with a variety of activities of daily living, Villa St. Francis could be the perfect place to live life to the fullest.
“Everyone at Villa St. Francis is committed to providing a safe and loving home for all of our residents”, President/CEO Sue Seegert explains. “We ensure that each resident has a dignified existence and their rights are promoted and protected.”
Experience the Difference
Villa St. Francis invites the community to review the new website, then come for a tour of the facility. Experience for yourself the difference that Villa St. Francis’ quality, care, and commitment are making in so many lives.
Making the decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility can be difficult. Finding the right place for them to live can quickly become overwhelming.
The best way to stay focused and find the proper facility is to make a checklist and ask questions. That way, you can evaluate each location, compare them, and know which options and resources are the most important to you or your loved one.
Selecting an Assisted Living Facility is a Two-Step Process
There are two steps to the process of choosing a center. Step one is knowing what to ask even before visiting. Save yourself a lot of time by being prepared with questions. If you don’t hear the right answers, don’t bother taking a tour. Step two is bringing a separate list of questions and making observations while at the assisted living center. By staying organized, you will be able to decide on the right place faster and easier.
When you first call a facility, here are some suggestions as to what to ask. Again, if you aren’t happy with the answers, go to the next name on your list.
• What is your availability of apartments? Are they one-bedroom or studio units?
• What is the cost per month? What does that include? How much are additional services?
• Is there is a waiting list? How many names are on it?
• What is the ratio of staff-to-residents? Can they administer medication?
• How many staff work overnight? Is there always a nurse or doctor on call?
• If the needs of a resident change, are additional services available?
• Do you have any outdoor space? How often do residents go outside? What kind of entertainment, hobbies, etc., are available for residents?
When you decide to visit a prospective assisted living facility, here are some questions to ask and observations to be aware of. Use a checklist to keep good notes and get answers.
Observations As you walk in the door of the assisted living center, look around. What do you see? How does this place make you feel? Are people smiling or are residents being ignored? Below are things to observe while getting a tour.
• When you walked in, were you greeted and made to feel welcome?
• Are there handrails in all hallways?
• Do staff members seem kind and caring? Do they call residents by name?
• Are both the staff and residents well-groomed, with clean clothes, clean nails, etc.?
• Do residents appear happy and interacting together? Are there activities offered each day or week that your loved one will enjoy?
• Are meals nutritious and appealing? Are special meals available for those with diabetes or allergies? Will they let you walk into the kitchen or talk to staff?
• Are resident’s apartments clean and odor-free? What about communal areas?
• Is the temperature comfortable? Is the lighting bright enough? Have residents dressed appropriately for the weather?
Safety Questions Below are some essential questions to ask the staff or manager. Some may have been asked when you initially spoke on the phone but feel free to ask again. It never hurts to verify the answers.
• Prior to admission, do you do an initial assessment?
• When preparing care plans, are the residents and families included in the process?
• Does each resident have an individual plan of care?
• What additional services are available if the needs of a resident change?
• Is the facility regularly visited by a physician? Do all residents get regular check-ups?
• Can medication be administered by staff?
• Who coordinates outside care-provider visits?
• How do you handle medical emergencies?
• How strongly are residents prompted to come to meals or activities?
• Is renter’s insurance required?
• If a resident/family is dissatisfied, is there a complaint and/or appeals process?
• What kind of training and experience is your staff required to have?
There may be other important questions to ask that are specific to you or your loved one. Be sure to write them down prior to touring the facility. Often things get forgotten in the moment. Just because you’ve visited one facility doesn’t mean they’re all the same. This is a big decision – take your time and choose thoughtfully and carefully.
For more information, feel free to contact The Villa St Francis in Milwaukee. Villa St. Francis was founded in 1990 by the Felician Sisters, a religious order established in Warsaw, Poland in 1855 to meet the needs of the poor, the orphaned, the sick and the elderly. The Sisters first brought their ministry to Wisconsin in 1874 and have served the Milwaukee community since 1907. Their commitment to service can be found in many places throughout our city—from St. Francis Hospital, which they were instrumental in raising funds for in the 1950s, to the Child Development Center of St. Joseph, an early-education non-profit on Milwaukee’s south side.