The truth about an assisted living community will likely never be found on their site or television commercial. If you look at just about any senior living/ senior care site they have happy smiling super attractive folks. They are walking or jumping on a trampoline. Those people do not usually reside in assisted living, if anything that they reside in independent living. But if you are that independent they are remaining in their own homes. If you would like to learn the facts about an assisted living trip one, unannounced. I know that each of the sites tell you to call and schedule a tour but I say go in and set up a tour. Unannounced visits means they cannot hide the things like scents or uncleanliness and by entering the construction and preparing the tour you will then have a chance to return in the building to give it a second chance if you feel at all apprehensive about your first impression.
When you walk to the Building you should not have the ability to smell anything. Realistically there will be transient odors; after all you are in a giant house. But again those scents should be uncontrollable and when you walk past the exact identical place 15-20 minutes later it needs to be gone. It needs to be clean, always remembering there are a whole lot of folks who live there. Just because the carpet is worn out or the wall paper is obsolete does not mean your loved one is going to get bad care. Remember beauty is only skin deep. This is a giant house that is awake 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Bear in Mind everyone living in assisted living is there for a reason. Because they want help, so they probably would not seem like the folks on the site so please do not be surprised. Assisted living is real life not sugar coated and very raw. This is embarrassing for people especially a potential resident or relative who just cannot really see their loved one in a place like this.
The simple truth is that this is as real as life gets. Aging is not politically correct and neither are some of the thousands of reasons people move to assisted senior living. These communities are an equalizing melting pot full of people who want assistance everyday and the men and women who care for them. It is a tricky task to be a health professional. Ever single individual who works at an assisted living is a caregiver in 1 way or another. Wrapping it up I need to say please leave your unrealistic expectations and preconceived notions at the door. . When you walk into an assisted living you are walking into another world the home of 80 people. Be open and accepting of those things you see and hear and accept the circumstance they are in.