Assisted Living Selection Tips

Choosing an assisted living facility should be an involved process. You should put as much work into selecting the right assisted living facility as any other housing decision.

Visit the facilities firsthand and talk to patients currently residing at the assisted living center. Make sure that you visit the assisted living facility at various times during the week to get a feel for what the staff proceeds with business paying special attention to friendliness and living conditions. Talk to the facilities managers to determine if it is a cultural fit for you.

Here are a few criteria to help you in your search:

Comfort Level:

What is the meal service like? Are there dietary restrictions? Can you bring in food from the outside?

How big is the facility? Larger facilities sometimes have more group activities and can arrange field trips.

Can residents bring in their own caregivers and instruments? If you need to use specialized medical devices, make sure that it is in accordance with the care facility.

What are the facility visiting hours?

What are the admissions requirements?

Financial Considerations:

What is the monthly cost of the facility?

Does the facility accept Medicare or Medicaid?

Is a deposit required?

What services are included in the monthly cost? What additional services are there?

Is the facility connected to a nursing home or skilled nursing facility?

What are the billing, credit, and payment policy?

What type of housing is available? (private/shared, suites, apartments)

When can care services be terminated? What is the refund policy?

Safety Considerations

Are there intercoms in every room?

Is there an emergency response unit on staff 24/7?

Are there registered nurses on staff?

Is there proper lighting?

Are there handrails, emergency pull cords, or door alarms?

Is the ventilation and heating adequate?

How close is the nearest hospital?

Are there lockable doors in each unit?

Is there a doctor or pharmacy on site?

How long does the staff take to respond to distress calls?

Does the facility have handicapped access and accommodations?

Last Modified April 8, 2010 @ 3:28 pm
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