Choosing a nursing home or assisted living facility for a loved one can feel like an overwhelming challenge. It is a difficult decision, to be sure, but it doesn’t have to be trying. There are steps you can take to make the process smoother, and maybe even enjoyable. Continue reading for more information on what to look for in a nursing home or senior care facility.

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities are a great option for seniors that need a little bit of help but are still largely activity daily. Assisted living facilities provide active adults with the extra help they need – maybe it’s medication management, maybe it’s help getting out of bed in the morning – but gives them the freedom to live their lives as they see fit. They can often come and go as they please, and the level of care they require is less than that of a nursing home. This is a great choice for active older adults.

Choosing an assisted living facility requires a little bit of cooperation with your loved one, and a good strategy is to make a list of what is required and what would be nice to have in a home. This will make the decision process smoother.

Nursing Homes

For adults that require more care and routine access to physicians and nurses, a nursing home may be a better choice than an assisted living facility. Nursing homes are designed to aid seniors who are struggling with their daily functions and may need access to a doctor regularly. Nursing home residents may need help with daily injections or feeding themselves all of their meals. The level of care required for nursing home residents is typically greater than that of an assisted living facility.

You may not get as much feedback from your loved one on the type of nursing home they want to live in, so plan as much as possible. Know what conditions your loved one needs help with and research the best options based on that list.

Memory Care

Of people older than 65 living in a nursing home, 64% have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. For seniors in this position, memory care is critical to maintaining or improving their quality of life. Memory care is a specialized form of care that deals with the effects of dementia. A nursing home may have a memory care facility, but there are also memory care facilities that function solely for memory care. They offer daily care and a sense of community.

At this point, your loved one likely won’t have a lot of say in where they live, but you still want to give them the best quality of life possible. Spend some time looking into the amenities offered by a memory care facility. Having access to a community may be incredibly helpful for your loved one.

Whether helping your parent choose an assisted living facility or choosing a memory care facility for your loved one, use these tips to help make the process less frustrating and more compassionate: make a list of things your loved one needs to have, then make a list of things your loved one would like to have. Use that list to narrow down your options and you’ll find the best care for the seniors in your life.