Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for an Assisted Living Facility

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Most people don’t know much about the senior housing industry until a loved one is in need of additional care. When it comes time to make the choice, they can postpone the situation until the final moment and choose the wrong facility in the moment. In order to help you avoid making mistakes, we have compiled some information you should know when researching senior house.

The first thing you should consider is whether your loved one needs assisted living or a nursing home. Sometimes people think of these terms interchangeably, and go by dated stereotypes about nursing homes seen in movies and on TV. This sometimes prevents seniors from moving to assisted living communities, which are environments designed for seniors to age gracefully while maintaining their independence, with staff close by when needed. Assisted living facilities, such as New Horizons at Marlborough, offer social and wellness programs to ensure your loved one is still socializing and active. Adult children may see an assisted living facility as more expensive than it actually is, once you consider savings on maintenance, landscaping, food expenses and utilities.  An assisted living facility also saves on the cost of hiring a personal aid to assist with household chores.

There is a myth that assisted living communities lack the regulations nursing homes have in place to protect your loved one and other residents. State governments issue licenses and regularly monitor the facilities to make sure they are following regulations. Every assisted living community is required to make survey results available for visitors to view, either in person or online. It is also incorrect to assume that all communities are alike. Each assisted living facility may have differing dining services, wellness programs or social activities. Make sure you do your research and consider what kind of environment is best for your loved one. Discuss their wants and needs in the next stage of their life, and don’t settle for a facility that does not live up to their expectations.

If you are looking for more information on assisted living, New Horizons at Marlborough is always welcoming to guests and potential residents. We offer trial programs for your loved one to see if our facility is right for them. Contact us at 508-460-5000 to see if New Horizons is the facility best suited for

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