Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community

Assisted living residences help residents remain as self-sufficient as possible, while providing the assurance of assistance when needed. A combination of meals, personal care and support, social activities, 24-hour supervision and, in some residences, health-related services, usually is provided. Assisted living facilities are a great choice for those who can’t live on their own, but do not need full-time skilled nursing care. As healthcare needs can change for residents, these facilities offer different levels of care to ensure that residents are taken care of in every aspect and stage of life.

The decision of placing a loved one in assisted living can be difficult. Often times, adult children will provide care to their parents in their own home for a period, but this is not always possible for all families or always desired by the children or parents themselves. Ideally, adult children or caregivers can begin searching for assisted living facilities with the help of the person who will physically be in care, but when a loved one is living with a disease or Alzheimer’s, for example, you may have to completely take control of the decision.

What do you look for in an assisted living facility? What questions do you need to ask?

The key is to complete careful research and according to Consumer Reports.org, check into the residence’s licensing and inspection records to see if there are any reasons for concern. To obtain the best feel for the level of care that your loved one will be receiving, you should make multiple visits (if possible) to the community. Meal time and visiting over weekends are great opportunities for you to see and speak with residents and their families about their experiences.

Ridgewood Assisted Living at Friendship Village Columbus believes in providing the right balance of comfort, security and independence. What exactly does that mean? It means our residents appreciate the same amenities as our independent living residents, with an inclusive monthly fee that covers:

  • 24-hour on-site nursing care
  • Daily meals
  • Scheduled outings and transportation
  • Care planning and supervision by a registered nurse
  • Spacious living accommodations ranging from 329 to 930 square feet
  • Convenient physician and nurse practitioner visits plus dentistry, optometry, podiatry, X-ray and pharmacy services
  • And so much more.

Regardless of if you choose Ridgewood Assisted Living or another community, it’s important that residents have a choice of floor plans, 24-hour personal care assistance and numerous amenities. You can trust that each of our assisted living residents receives an emergency call pendant to wear and each private bathroom is equipped with an easily accessible emergency call system. Adult children and caregivers can be at peace with knowing that help is never far away.

Other considerations when choosing an assisted living community

“What if my loved one needs or requires more support on a daily basis?” You should be sure that the facility can be available to help support your loved one with:

  • Medical administration
  • Bathing and showering
  • Dressing
  • Hygiene/grooming
  • Cognitive and social orientation
  • Short-term respite and outpatient therapy are available as an option

Once you’ve landed on a residence for your loved one that you feel is a right fit, it will be important to drop by regularly. This allows for adult children or caregivers to have peace of mind and the ability to address any concerns or questions that you have. This is especially important if your family member is ill or if there is a concern about the resident being able to fully communicate with the nursing staff. If you’re not able to visit regularly, consider asking a friend living nearby to check in on your family member for extra peace of mind.

Ridgewood Assisted Living is part of Friendship Village Columbus — a well established, trusted and highly rated senior living community that recently celebrated 40 years! We invite anyone who is searching for assisted living to visit our 17 new assisted living suites that include one- and two-bedroom apartments. Our new suites are located on the first floor near the new dining room and other amenities. Come and see for yourself what life at the Village is all about. Call today to schedule your visit. 614-890-8287