CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — It’s time for the grand opening of the first Primrose Retirement Community in Utah! Experience an elevated standard of senior living during Primrose of Washington’s grand opening showcase on Wednesday and Thursday.
“I’m excited to show the community what Primrose culture is all about and how we can benefit the local residents of Southern Utah,” said Kristen Gentry, executive director at Primrose of Washington.
Aubrey Brown, sales director at Primrose of Washington, said that Primrose is proud to be leading the industry with beautiful communities and personal lifestyle options unlike anything seen before in the area.
“I’m grateful to be able to offer our local friends and loved ones here in Washington County opportunities that they have been waiting too long for and so desperately deserve,” Brown said. “Come visit us and feel the difference. You’ll understand why so many people are coming home to Primrose.”
Tips for choosing the right assisted living community
Choosing the right assisted living community is one of the most important decisions you and your loved ones may ever make. If you are just beginning to search, it can be difficult to know what to look for, so Primrose has compiled a list of some of the most important factors to observe during your visit.
Ask questions about safety
In any assisted living setting, safety is one of the most essential areas to investigate. Knowing that your loved one is taken care of at all times and that their needs are being met creates peace of mind.
When visiting a community, pay attention to the bathrooms. Are they accessible? Do they have grab bars in the right places? You may want to ask the nurses how residents contact them if they need anything. Do they have pull cords in the rooms? Do residents wear pendants?
You may also want to ask if there are registered nurses in the community 24 hours a day and how they staff their building during the day versus the evening. Ask specific questions about how the staff will care for your loved one’s specific needs.
Is the staff friendly?
Pay attention to how the staff interacts with other residents. Are they making eye contact and spending time in conversation? It is also a good idea to come with questions for the management team. When planning your visit, ask to meet with them, and take some time to get those questions answered.
Schedule a visit during an activity
Before you visit, look the community up online and check their activity calendar. Do you see anything listed that your loved one would be interested in? Is there a good balance of internal activities and outings away from the community? Are there religious services?
Find an activity of interest and schedule your tour at that time so you can attend. Pay attention to how many people are at the event and the level of engagement from the staff and residents.
Come for lunch or dinner
The dining experience is very important. Most retirement communities will allow you and your loved ones to enjoy a meal free of charge – so take advantage of it.
Visit with the dining services manager and find out about dining options. Do they have diabetic entrées? Do residents order off a menu, or are their choices limited each day? Is it mandatory to eat in the dining room, or can residents have meals delivered to their room? How many meals are served per day?
Talk to others you may know who have loved ones living in the community you are visiting. If you know any current residents, stop by and pay them a visit to find out what they think about it. Ask your doctor their opinion, since they may have referred people there in the past.
In the end, trust your instincts. You’ll know the right community when you find it. If you are currently searching for yourself or a loved one, Primrose would be honored to help you learn more about the assisted living options available to you.
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