You want the best for your elderly parent.  If your parent is suffering from a condition like dementia or Alzheimer’s, a friendly and comfortable place becomes an absolute necessity for their well-being.  Woodland Hills and the surrounding San Fernando Valley areas offer many great alternatives to large nursing homes. You have lots of choices. However choices can be time consuming, so what do you look for to begin narrowing your search for a comfortable, well managed, board and care home.

First you’ll want to consider the interest the facility takes in the daily activities of your aging parent.  Even parents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s can find worthwhile projects in a group setting. A good elderly assisted living home in West Hills, for example, will offer classes and activities appropriate for your parent or loved one.

The most important aspect that both parents and their caregivers regard as first and foremost is cleanliness and safety.  The staff of the elderly assisted living home that your parent chooses should be ready to address any concerns regarding the state of the facility.  The best board and care homes agree that to the resident “it should feel like home”, and the staff “should feel like family”.

Amenities are next on the list of offerings to consider from the best board and care homes.  Most senior assisted living homes in Woodland Hills and beyond, have some form of the following: libraries with books, recordings and videos, computer rooms, classes for hobbies and fitness, an all hours cafe or dining room, easy access to shopping and church services. In some ways, your parent’s new elderly assisted living facility should feel like a vacation retreat.  Many have short hiking trails, and planned activities to tour local spots of interests using a facility bus.

Staff is extremely important in a board and care home.  Look for a facility that makes visitors feel as welcome as residents.  Little touches go a long way. A place where the staff makes sure they greet visitors with a smile and a hello, referring to you by name, makes not only you comfortable, but your parent will feel more in charge of his or her environment. Many senior assisted living homes have family nights where the staff plan events for everyone from great-grand parents to grandchildren.

These are just a few points to look for in choosing a board and care home.  The Changingagingblog has a more comprehensive list for your review.

Shalom Elderly Care in Woodland Hills provides comprehensive services for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.  Our private homes which house up to 6 residents have the welcoming home environment and well trained staff which families are looking for.  Please take our virtual tour or call us today at 818.883.8384.