Choosing the right assisted living community can be a daunting task. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to communities that provide the high quality care you expect for you or your loved one, the next way to compare is price and contract options. When every community has a different contract, how do you choose the contract option that’s best for you or your family?
Here are four areas of contracts to assess and compare as you make your decision.
1. What’s Included?
Some contracts lump all services into one monthly rate, whether you use them or not. Other communities structure contracts so that you only pay for the services you need or use. Still others provide a hybrid – most services are included, but less commonly used services are available for an additional cost. Below is a list of services commonly found at assisted living communities – evaluate whether these are included in the monthly fee, or if you pay for them as you use them.
- Room and board
- Meals and snacks
- On-site activities
- Campus and apartment maintenance
- Medication management
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Off-campus activities
- Light housekeeping
2. What other levels of care are provided?
If your health were to improve or decline, are there other levels of care available? Or, would you have to restart the research and selection process? If there are higher levels of care, is priority given to existing residents? If a space isn’t available immediately, how will services be provided until one becomes available? Is there a nurse available or on site for medical emergencies?
3. Resident Restrictions
What, if any, restrictions are placed on residents? Are there set visiting hoursAre meals served at set times, or available when a resident is actually hungry? Are you allowed to bring your pet with you? Are there restrictions on size, breed, or type of pet? Can you have guests dine with you? Are you able to use a community room to host a larger event, for a birthday or anniversary? Is transportation provided to things like doctor appointment? Is there a charge for transportations? Consider community restrictions and determine if they are ones that may significantly affect your lifestyle.
4. Onsite Amenities and Activities
What amenities are available onsite? While it’s nice to have transportation to off-campus events, the reality is that you’ll spend most of your time onsite. So, what is there to do? Are there concerts? Lectures? Picnics? Book clubs? Knitting clubs? Discussion groups Are their opportunities for exercising and staying fit? Is there a salon? Are you able to have a garden?
Sunset House and Sunset Village are Sunset Communities’ two assisted living communities. Both offer excellent person-centered care, in alignment with the Eden Alternative philosophy. Higher levels of care are available onsite at both locations. For those needing short term therapy services, Sunset Village’s state of the art rehab gym is open to residents of Sunset House as well as Sunset Village.
For more information on assisted living, contact Sunset House in Toledo at 419-536-4645 or Sunset Village in Sylvania at 419-724-1200.