Tips for Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

With so many assisted living home nowadays, choosing one can be daunting indeed. Before you start looking, consider your long-term needs and desires. Perhaps you want a location close to a major hospital or one that is near a shopping or entertainment complex. Or location convenient for your children and grandchildren to visit you.

Another consideration is what features you want in your living space. An additional room for guests? A kitchenette? See what amenities and activities you will enjoy too – movie theater, putting greens, bars, etc.

Additionally, find out whether there are safety and assistance features that you may require, particularly if you have Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or any other progressive disease.

Certainly, it’s important to set a budget before making plans with any facility. You should create a list of priorities for this, depending on what your financial capacity allows. Go to this page to know more.

What You Should Look For

Once you’ve found an assisted living home that you want, ask the staff for a guided tour. Take a friend or family member with you during the tour so you can have someone to help you decide.

First off, the grounds should be well-maintained and you shouldn’t find any run down or broken areas. There should be no stains, dirt or bad odors. If an odor is coming from an enclosed area, it could indicate there an accident had occurred there. If it’s coming from a bigger area, the problem could be systemic to the place.

Another very important thing to check are the safety measures in place, such as grab bars, call buttons, smoke detectors, etc. Also, do the residents should look happy and friendly and well-groomed? If possible, ask them how long they’ve stayed at the facility and how they feel about it.

Taking a Pick

Whenever you visit an assisted living facility, take note that the people working there will always tell you great things about the place. Of course, they will be able to tell you about the technical details of their routine operations, but for an unbiased assessment of the community, the most reliable sources are the residents themselves or their families. You can ask about things like how approachable the staff are, how competent they are in performing their duties, and so on.

Another good resource is the long-term care ombudsman in the state or local area where the facility is. You will find out there the facility has a history of complaints, or, if they are part of Medicare, you will know their star ratings, which are based on inspections focused on health, staffing and quality of care. You can see website here to know more.

Check out http://www.ehow.com/about_7227201_cost-care-elderly.html if you want to know how much elderly care would cost you.

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