As friends and family reach a certain age, perhaps sometimes known as their “twilight years”, additional assistance, services or aid may be required; some things that a family can’t do on their own. This is where long-term care homes come into play as the best option to give older relatives the support and assistance they need as they climb into their 70s, 80s — and even beyond.
Long-term care, also known as nursing homes, are housing for medically stable, elderly individuals who need round-the-clock care, supervision or support in their lives. This may include personal care, feeding, bathing, administering medication, and attending to medical and nursing needs.
Usually, long-term care homes provide basic furnitures, such as a bed, a side table, a dressing table, linens, meals, laundry services, and hygiene and medical supplies. Other amenities such as dining rooms where meals are served, common areas for leisure, and scheduled activities can set one particular home apart from another based on luxury, price and of course comfort for the soon-to-be renter. The features and amenities provided will be some of the key points in choosing a long-term care facility.
Types of Communities
There are several different kinds of long-term care communities.
Privately-operated communities, where the individual or their family pay the rent to live there, involve active adults around the age of 55+ who all live in one (usually) gated community. Another option is independent living communities, which offer an individual level of care above active adult communities. As a result, these communities need staff on hand to organize social activities and manage the days of the tenants. Assisted living communities are another option in privately-owned communities.
Assisted living communities are another option in privately-owned communities. They tend to accommodate seniors who need some medical assistance and often have nursing or medical staff on site. These communities tend to attract elderly tenants who need attentive, specialized care; such as for Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Then there are long-term care communities that are funded by each province, which is designed for seniors who need round-the-clock care. For these facilities, nobody is refused access based on their ability to pay, and there are subsidies available for seniors and their families if they cannot afford the full fees. Municipalities, private groups, nonprofits, and charities might also operate such communities for the elderly population.
What makes certain kind of homes provide a higher quality of care over others? The biggest indicator of quality or luxury in long-term care homes might depend on the available funding. Whether from the province, the rent, or the organization that funds the long-term care home, the right funding can improve the quality of care, how comfortable the residents are, and of course even allow room to expand or test new activities, amenities, or even room upgrades. An assisted living community with more money will also be able to afford more staff, better food, better recreational activities, and resources to maintain the property.
The Furniture Factor
In fact, funding can also mean better furniture, and furniture can make a difference in each resident’s well-being. Making sure that people are comfortable in their environment is crucial to ensuring that they are happy; the right aesthetic from proper furnishings. While it may sound world’s apart to how one might pick out office furniture, it may surprise you that picking out furniture for a nursing home can follow similar principles. Just as employees need to feel comfortable and relaxed in the workplace to be productive, seniors who are long-term residents need to feel comfortable and relaxed as well, to ensure that their stay is as pleasant as possible.
Of course, the two types of furniture don’t mirror each other exactly, but some key considerations to consider include:
Not Too Flashy: Long-term care buildings house many types of elderly people; all of course with different taste and eye for decor. So while some might not care about certain patterns, styles or looks of armchairs and tables, a consideration must be put forward that the furniture chosen creates an aura of luxury; and makes people feel comfortable when they sit down. Just like an office chair, an arm chair in a home shouldn’t be flashy, but it should complement the room and layout. The same concept results in better furniture shopping in long-term care
Well-Made: Given its use by many people in a communal space, office furniture does need to be well-made for longevity. The same goes for furniture in a nursing home; the last thing a long-term care residence should have is furniture that is torn, run-down or broken. Like the leather office chair in a boardroom, the right recliner in a nursing home must also be able to live through many reclines and sits.
Leather: Speaking of leather office chairs, leather can be a great option in a long-term care home. Known for its longevity, easy to wipe down, and for its comfort, leather is a great choice. While it can be a more pricey option, it’s one that many people choose to invest in if they are looking for a piece that will last more than a few years.
Success in the Long-Term Care Business
There are many different types of long-term care homes or nursing homes. When starting a long-term care business, consider what the type of facility you want to provide and the types of services that your business will offer. You can choose to create a long-term care home for active adult community members or one that will cater to those who needs 24/7 care.
To succeed in the long-term care business, the key is always going to be in how the suite and home feel to the tenant. There are a variety of options available, yet the atmosphere and community will be an integral part of your customers making an informed decision. The price, terms of the stay and amenities advertised will be a big indicator to more premium locations.
Buyers of long-term care for their loved ones will compare and contrast their options before deciding on a care home solution. Know what perks and features they find to be the most important, as well as the necessities to make the space work for them.
Choosing a long-term care for a loved one is an exciting, if not challenging decision. Provide your potential clients with the information they need to make the decision, and allow them to visit and experience the space. The success of your business in getting more customers for your long-terms care facility will depend on how you give them a sense of calm before signing the lease contract.