It is an unfortunate part of today’s life that we sometimes cannot take care of our older loved ones in our homes. It is rarely the result of lack of compassion, but most often because we cannot provide the skilled care they need. Yet, many of our senior citizens can often do the everyday things that they need to do in order to survive. An adult assisted living facility is a wonderful compromise combining the independence that seniors fear giving up with the skilled care and supervision they require.
A good assisted living facility has several things that need to be considered before placing a loved one. Some of these things are common sense things like whether or not the building is clean and well maintained, but some may not be so apparent.
When considering an assisted living facility look at the level of staffing and their qualifications. Ask questions about the ratio of skilled nurses and caregivers to patients and how often are the residents checked on. What are the capabilities for residents to call for a caregiver in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
Another question to ask is about the housekeeping duties. Are the residents required to do most of their own bed-making, laundry, and trash removal? Some facilities gladly customize the level of service to the individual residents needs and desires while others may not be as accommodating.
What activities are planned for people to socialize and make new friends? The staff needs to be proactive in providing new residents with opportunities to meet and interact with other residents in a supportive environment. Does the facility offer classes in arts and crafts, physical fitness, or field trips as a way to get the residents active, engaged, and to be happy.
One company that offers excellent services to its residents is The Manse on Marsh, who can be contacted through their website. This assisted living facility is locally owned by Chris Skiff and is among one of the twenty facilities he has built and operated over the past fifteen years. Chris is devoted to shattering the stereotype “old-folks home”, and the positive reviews that keep flowing in seem to suggest he’s done as much. His communities provide a supportive and affordable solution many senior citizens and their families are desperate for. In fact, his own industry has honored him with numerous awards including builder of the year and Lifetime Director of the Home Builder’s Association.
Skiff began his involvement with senior housing after graduating with honors from the Univeristy of California’s Los Angeles (UCLA) campus. He has been a devoted Christian and works hard to have his work reflect his strong beliefs. Chris married his college girlfriend and has five children, two of which he and his wife adopted from the former Soviet Union. The company Twitter also remains popular. A reminder of what Manse on Marsh does differently, very well.
While not tending to his various business interest, Chris trains for marathons having completed eleven over the years. He also goes on mission trips both domestically and internationally.