What to Look for in an Assisted Living Community
Jonathan Perlman, founder of Tradition Senior Living in Houston & Dallas, TX.
Tradition Senior Living
June 28, 2023

If you’ve reached the point where finding an assisted living community for your mom and/or dad is necessary, it’s crucial to know what to look for as you begin your search. Below, we’ll describe some of the most important requirements for ensuring a happy life for your loved ones in their new situation.


The Environment


First and foremost, the living environment of an assisted living community must be beautiful. When considering a community, pay attention to the surroundings, as they can greatly impact one’s mood and state of mind. Are the Common Areas warm and inviting?  Is there an abundance of natural light?  Are the residences spacious and airy? Often, assisted living or memory care communities are not attractive. At The Tradition, we believe that beauty is just the beginning—in all of our communities.


Care is Core


While a visually appealing community is important, care is the core of any excellent assisted living community. You’re likely beginning your search because your parent(s) can no longer manage normal activities of daily living (ADLs) independently. They may require assistance with bathing, dressing, medication management, transportation to medical appointments, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and even reminders to eat. An excellent assisted living community provides assistance for all these needs.


When looking for an assisted living community, seek one that offers various levels of care to cater to your loved one’s specific needs. Additionally, ensure the community has a licensed nurse on staff 24/7. This special feature is not available in all communities but ensures the best quality of care for your loved ones. At The Tradition Communities, we provide all of the above.


More About Care: Resident-Centered, Cutting-Edge Technology


When searching for an assisted living community, look for cutting-edge technology. Top communities, like The Tradition, equip each resident with a wearable device that communicates with the staff whenever there’s a deviation from their normal daily routines. These deviations could include changes in bathroom activity, sleep patterns, sedentary behavior, or eating activity. This technology allows the staff to respond promptly and identify potential problems before they escalate.


Socialization – Daily Activities Calendar


Studies show that socialization promotes longevity and mental acuity. When selecting an assisted living community, choose one with a social director who creates an excellent monthly activities calendar with numerous options for daily engagement. At The Tradition, your loved one can participate in activities such as book clubs, history presentations, on-site church services, happy hours with live music, trips to the farmer’s market, or visits to fun restaurants.


The Fitness Emphasis


The activities calendar should include a regular and healthy offering of fitness classes. Regular exercise not only promotes longevity but also increases opportunities for socialization. Look for certified fitness trainers who lead these classes, with an average of at least one class per day—just like at The Tradition!


Consider The Tradition


When searching for an assisted living community, you will find that The Tradition truly has it all. Our communities offer beauty through spacious, light-filled apartments and exquisite common areas adorned with antiques and crown moldings. Additionally, we provide custom care plans for your loved ones, incorporating cutting-edge technology for safety and care. Alongside excellent care, your loved ones will enjoy fine dining, fitness classes, and a constant flow of fun and informative social activities designed to foster mental and physical health.


Each assisted living community at The Tradition is part of a continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Our Tradition assisted living communities are conveniently located in five Texas locations: two in Dallas, two in Houston, and one recently opened in Fort Worth.

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