Things to Know When Choosing an Assisted Living Facilitydivider - Things to Know

Knoxville has a number of senior assisted living facilities. However, there is only so much that you can learn online. The best way to understand what an assisted living community is like is to go in for a tour and experience it yourself.

There are several things to consider when going on a tour of an assisted living community. The following are things to look for while on tour and questions that you should ask.

1. How Involved is the Owner?

There are a wide variety of assisted living facilities in Knoxville. Some are owned by large corporations and other, like Windsor Gardens, are locally owned and operated. It is important to find out how involved the owner is with the care of the residents and upkeep of the facility.

For example, our majority owner and Chief Administrator is Brian. He has been at Windsor Gardens since it was founded in 2000. He works at the community every day and is directly responsible for its personalized care and upkeep.

2. Continuum of Care

When choosing a senior assisted living facility, it is important to consider if the level of care that the facility provides can change. Maybe right now your mom is still highly independent and can do pretty much everything on her own. However, over time, she may need help with medications or getting dressed.

Unfortunately, many people do not consider this in the beginning and as the resident needs more assistance they have to move to another facility. This is stressful for everyone involved and requires leaving the friends they have made.

At Windsor Gardens, we offer three levels of care. This way a resident can stay in the community they love and merely increase the level of care that they need.

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3. Transportation

Windsor Gardens Assisted Living allows parking for residents, who have their own vehicle. The residents are welcome to come and go just like they would at their own home. In case a resident isn’t able to drive, we provide convenient and comfy transportation. Sometimes it is difficult for a caregiver to get off work to take someone to the doctor. See if the assisted living facility offers transportation to and from medical appointments. 

4. Are Residents Active?

Assisted living should give residents the opportunity to be social and engage with each other. There are two primary things you can look for to tell you if residents in an assisted living facility are engaged.

First, there are plenty of social gathering spaces. Large common areas with comfortable furniture, rooms dedicated to activities, and outdoor spaces are all.

Next, are residents out of their rooms? An assisted living facility having the space to socialize does not mean anything if the residents are in their personal rooms. Make sure other residents are out and active during your visit.

Finally, look to see if they display the activities that are scheduled during the day. The more visible assisted living activities are, the more likely residents will be involved.

5. How is the Food?

One of the main things that impacts a senior assisted living resident’s daily happiness is the food. How often are meals served and what kind of food is it?

If you are seriously considering a particular assisted living facility, make sure to ask if you can take your tour during a meal time and eat with them. This will also let you gauge how happy the residents are and how they interact when all of them are together. Learn about Windsor Gardens dining and sample menu.

6. Barber & Beauty Shop

Does the assisted living community offer other personal care amenities to help the resident relax and enjoy their stay?

You may not have considered it, but assisted living residents still need personal care such as haircuts. Ask if the facility offers those services on-site or if you need to make arrangements to have them done.

At Windsor Gardens we have an on-site beauty shop/barber as well as a healthcare spa room to help residents feel their best.

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7. Laundry & Housekeeping

What about laundry? Find out if the assisted living facility requires residents to do their own laundry and housekeeping. As they age, the resident may not want or be able to. Also, ask how often the facility changes the bed linens.

At our basic level, we provide laundry and housekeeping services to all of our residents. We also change the bed linens once a week, but we can do it more often if it is necessary.

8. Room Types

The last major thing to consider is the room types. The room types offer can vary from each facility, but here are a few things you need to consider or ask before choosing the assisted living community that is right for you or your family member.

  • Is the room furnished?
  • How much space will I actually need or want to maintain?
  • Is it a private room or a shared space?
  • Does it have a private bathroom?
  • Are there emergency call cords by the bed, bath, and toilet?

We hope these questions will help you as you look for a Knoxville assisted living facility. These are meant to give you a starting point so you can be more confident as you begin to call and tour facilities.

If you like what you have read about Windsor Gardens, we would love to invite you for a tour. You can schedule it at a time that works for you.

If you or the person you are caring for is just starting to think about assisted living, then consider respite care. Respite care is a way to try assisted living for a short period of time and see how everyone adjusts.

For example, if your caregiver is leaving Knoxville for a week, you could come and join us as a resident for that week. If you liked it, then we could discuss becoming a long term resident of our community.

If you want to learn more about life at Windsor Gardens, here are some links that might help you find what you are looking for.

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1. How Involved is the Owner?

There are a wide variety of assisted living facilities in Knoxville. Some are owned by large corporations and other, like Windsor Gardens, are locally owned and operated. It is important to find out how involved the owner is with the care of the residents and upkeep of the facility.

For example, our majority owner and Chief Administrator is Brian. He has been at Windsor Gardens since it was founded in 2000. He works at the community every day and I directly responsible for its personalized care and upkeep.

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2. Continuum of Care

When choosing a senior assisted living facility, it is important to consider if the level of care that the facility provides can change. Maybe right now your mom is still highly independent and can do pretty much everything on her own. However, over time, she may need help with medications or getting dressed.

Unfortunately, many people do not consider this in the beginning and as the resident needs more assistance they have to move to another facility. This is stressful for everyone involved and requires leaving the friends they have made.

At Windsor Gardens, we offer three levels of care. This way a resident can stay in the community they love and merely increase the level of care that they need.

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3. Transportation

Windsor Gardens allows our residents to own their own cars. They are welcome to come and go just like they would at their own home. Some assisted living facilities in Knoxville do not allow that.

Sometimes it is difficult for a caregiver to get off work to take someone to the doctor. See if the assisted living facility offers transportation to and from medical appointments. Also, check to see if this service is an additional charge. At Windsor Gardens we provide transport to all in county medical appointments for all residents.

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4. Are Residents Active?

Assisted living should give residents the opportunity to be social and engage with each other. There are two primary things you can look for to tell you if residents in an assisted living facility are engaged.

First, there are plenty of social gathering spaces. Large common areas with comfortable furniture, rooms dedicated to activities, and outdoor spaces are all.

Next, are residents out of their rooms? An assisted living facility having the space to socialize does not mean anything if the residents are in their personal rooms. Make sure other residents are out and active during your visit.

Finally, look to see if they display the activities that are scheduled during the day. The more visible assisted living activities are, the more likely residents will be involved.

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5. How is the Food?

One of the main things that impacts a senior assisted living resident’s daily happiness is the food. How often are meals served and what kind of food is it?

If you are seriously considering a particular assisted living facility, make sure to ask if you can take your tour during a meal time and eat with them. This will also let you gauge how happy the residents are and how they interact when all of them are together. Learn about Windsor Gardens dining and sample menu.

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6. Barber & Beauty Shop

Does the assisted living community offer other personal care amenities to help the resident relax and enjoy their stay?

You may not have considered it, but assisted living residents still need personal care such as haircuts. Ask if the facility offers those services on-site or if you need to make arrangements to have them done.

At Windsor Gardens we have an on-site beauty shop/barber as well as a healthcare spa room to help residents feel their best.

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7. Laundry & Housekeeping

What about laundry? Find out if the assisted living facility requires residents to do their own laundry and housekeeping. As they age, the resident may not want or be able to. Also, ask how often the facility changes the bed linens.

At our basic level, we provide laundry and housekeeping services to all of our residents. We also change the bed linens once a week, but we can do it more often if it is necessary.

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8. Room Types

The last major thing to consider is the room types. The room types offer can vary from each facility, but here are a few things you need to consider or ask before choosing the assisted living community that is right for you or your family member.

  • Is the room furnished?
  • How much space will I actually need or want to maintain?
  • Is it a private room or a shared space?
  • Does it have a private bathroom?
  • Are there emergency call cords by the bed, bath, and toilet?

We hope these questions will help you as you look for a Knoxville assisted living facility. These are meant to give you a starting point so you can be more confident as you begin to call and tour facilities.

If you like what you have read about Windsor Gardens, we would love to invite you for a tour. You can schedule it at a time that works for you.

If you or the person you are caring for is just starting to think about assisted living, then consider respite care. Respite care is a way to try assisted living for a short period of time and see how everyone adjusts.

For example, if your caregiver is leaving Knoxville for a week, you could come and join us as a resident for that week. If you liked it, then we could discuss becoming a long term resident of our community.

If you want to learn more about life at Windsor Gardens, here are some links that might help you find what you are looking for.