Geer Village Senior Community: Home away from home
We all want what is best for those we love. For some, that may mean transitioning to a senior living community. Selecting a home where your loved one will be happy, healthy, and safe is a big decision, but not impossible. For those looking in Northwest Connecticut, Geer Village Senior Community has served the senior community for over 45 years and has become the first choice for assisted living.
It’s important to consider a variety of factors as you guide a loved one in choosing an appropriate and nurturing environment. Taking time to ask questions and research all options will ensure your loved one receives optimum care and support.
Questions to think about:
1. What are the reasons for choosing a senior living community right now?
2. Would the person want to or be able to live in an assisted living facility?
3. What environment would the person thrive in?
4. Does the person need any special services, for example, an Alzheimer’s unit?
Selecting a well-respected community such as Geer Village will allow your loved one to get the most out of the new living arrangement for years to come.
It is important to keep some key thoughts in mind as you guide a loved one in choosing an appropriate environment, where they can age in place:
Consider timing. Your loved one may be healthy now, but you have to consider that most senior living admissions occur after an unplanned hospitalization and short term rehabilitation. For planning purposes, speak with health care providers and/or caregivers of how much time your family has before a decision will need to be made, even if they are healthy now – things can change quickly.
Consider finances. Organize the finances associated with the possible move, including income, savings, assets, health insurance, and long-term care insurance, if there is a policy in place.
Consider medical or special needs. Certain illnesses, such as Parkinson’s, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and some other health conditions may require special accommodations. Talk to your loved one’s medical provider about special needs that may require special accommodations.
Location, Location, Location. Choosing a site located as close as possible to the most visitors, including family members and friends, is ideal. A senior community located in the heart of the community lends to a much greater sense of belonging to a loved one.
Consider individual wants and needs. Consider your loved one: What does he or she want and need?
What Kind of Care and Accommodations are Best?
When considering a change in living arrangements for a loved one, safety is a fundamental concern. Ask your loved one and those involved in his or her care whether there are safety concerns such as frequent falls, medication management, early onset memory loss, wandering, or an inability to care for basic needs (bathing, dressing, preparing and eating meals).
Some nursing homes offer the following special services: vent units, dementia units, traumatic brain injury units, sub-acute rehabilitation, respite care, as well as palliative care.
However, not all senior communities offer all specialized units. If any of these special services are needed, be sure to learn whether they are offered at the senior communities you are considering.
Helping your loved one choose the right place
Once you and your family have narrowed down senior living choices in the right location and price range (or those that accept your insurance), do some additional homework:
- Contact each senior living community admissions office. Obtain an application and schedule a visit to the site.
- During your visit:
- Speak with staff. Get a feel for their attitude about the care they provide to residents. Do you get a sense of open-mindedness?
- Speak to residents. Get a sense of what they like and dislike about the residence.
- Speak to resident’s families to get their perspective.
- Follow up the visit by asking yourself about your own reaction to the senior communities you visited.
- Review state inspection results for any quality-of-care or staffing issues.
- Other important questions to ask:
- What religious services are offered?
- What special foods are offered? Are there choices?
- What activities are offered?
- What is the staff-to-resident ratio?
- What is the policy on end-of-life care?
- Is there a palliative care program? What does it involve?
- What is the nursing home’s hospice affiliation?
- What are the visiting policies?
- If possible, include the family physician and other health care providers in the decision-making process.
Finding the right senior living community for your loved one takes patience. When you choose Geer Village Senior Community, you choose a community that puts care as the #1 priority so your loved one will feel safe, healthy, and happy.
To experience all the amenities at Geer Village, schedule a tour by calling 860-824-2600.