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By: Elizabeth Bemis on October 10th, 2012

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What to Look For in a Retirement Community in Connecticut

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Assisted LivingIf you are looking for a retirement community in Connecticut for friends or family, then there are certain services you want to make sure the facility has on-site. These will improve the quality of life for your loved one and ensure that they are getting the most out of their new home. Use these as a checklist when you start narrowing down your search.

 Nursing and Medical Staff

Retirement communities in Connecticut should have a nurse on staff to help meet the needs of the residents. The nursing staff should be able to provide assistance with activities of daily living if needed. These include help with meal preparation, bathing, dressing, medication management and escorts if needed. Some communities offer the services of on-site physicians and podiatrists. These services are a nice convenience for residents and their families. All communities should offer transportation to doctor’s appointments.

Reputation 

Perform in-depth research about any complaints or lawsuits against the facility. Contacting the Better Business Bureau or the Connecticut Assisted Living Association are good places to start. Additionally, take the time to visit the facility, meet some of the staff members and speak with some of the residents. Hear what residents like about the facility and what they dislike. Also, keep an eye out for the cleanliness of the facility. If it's not clean when you visit, it won't miraculously become cleaner after you or your loved one moves in.

Contract

Hire a lawyer to review any and all documents that will be signed prior to moving into the facility. An attorney who specializes in elder care law is the perfect fit. He'll be able to advise you the scope of the contract in terms of the costs the care you or your loved one should expect while living at the facility. For example, if the tenant starts participating in a meal plan while living at the facility, those costs should be spelled out. 

Philosophy on Socialization

For many people, a main benefit of moving into a retirement community is socialization.  Find out how the community helps new residents become acclimated and how they encourage residents and their families to become involved in the community. Organizations that provide a resident or relationship centered approach to caregiving usually emphasize the importance of socialization and its positive impact on resident well-being. 

 Security Measures

Try to find a community with several security features. For example, gated entry, security guards present on the grounds and safes inside these communities are all types of security features you want the facility to have on-site. Elderly people can be easy targets for robbers, therefore having these security measures in place will lessen the risk of unwanted burglaries and theft. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Find a facility with medical professionals on-site.
  • Research the reputation of the community.
  • Hire a lawyer to review the documents being signed for the rental community.
  • Find a facility with an emphasis on socialization and well-being.
  • Make sure the facility has security measures in place.

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About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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