When living at home is no longer an option for seniors
we invite you to consider My Parents Paradise. We understand the uncertainties of making a decision to leave your home and move into an assisted living home is never an easy one; but moving to My Parents Paradise. Our goal is to provide a safe, warm home for our residents and a welcoming environment for families. We are committed to enhancing life through shared activities, good food, and celebrations of everyday life. My Parents Paradise provides a non-institutional environment.
We invite you to see the difference that My Parents Paradise Homes offers.
The following is a consumer checklist of important services, amenities and accommodations in a assisted living communities. Every community/home is unique. We recommend making several visits, at various times of day, to each residence you are considering.
- As you arrive at the residence, do you like its location and outward appearance?
- Did you receive a warm greeting from staff welcoming you to the residence?
- Does the administrator/staff call residents by name and interact warmly with them as you tour the residence?
- Do residents socialize with each other and appear happy and comfortable?
- Are you able to talk with residents about how they like the residence and staff?
- Do the residents seem to be appropriate housemates for you or your loved one?
- Are staff appropriately dressed, personable and outgoing?
- Do the staff members treat each other in a professional manner?
- Are the staff members that you pass during your tour friendly to you?
- Are visits with the resident welcome at any time?
- Is the facility well-designed for resident’s needs?
- Is the floor plan easy to follow?
- Are doorways, hallways and rooms accommodating to wheelchairs and walkers?
- Are hand rails available to aid in walking?
- Is the residence clean, free of odors and appropriately heated/cooled?
- Does the residence meet local and/or state licensing requirements?
- Does the residence have a means of security if a resident wanders?
Needs Assessments, Contracts, Costs & Finances:
- Is a contractual agreement available that discloses healthcare and supportive services, all fees, as well as admission and discharge provisions?
- Does this process include the resident, their family and facility staff along with the potential resident’s physician.
- When may a contact be terminated and what are refund policies?
- Are there any government, private or corporate programs available to help cover the cost of services to the resident?
- Is a contractual agreement available to include accommodations, personal care, health care and supportive services?
- Are additional services available if the resident’s needs change?
- Is there a procedure to pay for additional services like nursing care when the services are needed on a temporary basis?
- Are there different costs for various levels or categories of services?
- Are residents required to purchase renters’ insurance for personal property in their units?
- Is staff available to meet scheduled and unscheduled needs?
- When may a contract be terminated? What are the policies for refunds and transfers?
- Is there an appeals process for dissatisfied residents?
Medications & Health Care:
- Does the assisted living facility have specific policies regarding storage of medication, assistance with medications, training and supervision of staff and record keeping?
- Is self-administration of medication allowed?
- Are staff available to assist residents who experience memory, orientation, of judgment losses?
- To what extent are medical services available, and how are these services provided?
- Can the residence provide a list of services available?
- Does the residence provide housekeeping services in residents’ units?
- Does the assisted living facility provide transportation to doctors’ offices, the hairdresser, shopping and other activities desired by residents?
- Can residents arrange for transportation of fairly short notice?
Individual Unit Features:
- Do dinning room menus vary from day to day and meal to meal?
- Are different sized and types of units available?
- Are units for single and double occupancy available?
- Do all units have a telephone and cable TV and how is billing handled?
Social & Recreational Activities:
- Is there evidence of an organized activities program, such as a posted daily schedule, events in progress, reading materials, visitors, etc.?
- Are residents’ pets allowed in the assisted living facility? Who is responsible for their care?
- Does the residence have its own pets?
- Does the residence provide three nutritionally balanced meals a day, seven days a week?
- Are snacks available?
- May a resident request special foods?
- Are common dining areas available?
- May residents eat meals in their units?
- May meals be provided at a time a resident would like or are there set times for meals?