3 Tips from Someone With Experience
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There are so many assisted living facilities nowadays, and picking one can be quite intimidating. Before you begin checking them out, take stock of your long-term wants and needs. Maybe you want a place that’s near a shopping complex or a major hospital. Or some place not so far from where your children and grandchildren are.
Another thing is the features that you would like to have in your living space. An additional room for guests? A patio? As well, think of activities and amenities you might enjoy, such as a salon, an art studio or a pool.
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.
Of course, you need to set a budget before moving forward with any particular facility. You need to set your priorities for this, especially if your financial capacity is limited.
What to Look For
As soon as you’ve found an assisted living home that meets your, make time for a guided tour of the place. On this tour, take a friend or family member along to help you decide if it’s indeed the place for you.
First off, the grounds should be well-maintained and you shouldn’t find any run down or broken areas. Absolutely no dirt, stains or bad smells. If an odor is coming from a smaller area, it could be an accident that there had been an accident there. It it’s from a wider area, the problem is probably systemic to the location.
You should also see if there are safety measures in place, like window locks, emergency exit guides, overhead sprinklers, and the like. As well, are the residents well-groomed and do they look happy to be there? If possible, ask them how long they’ve stayed at the facility and how they feel about it.
Finding the Right One
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, you can ask them about their day-to-day operations, but if you want an objective evaluation of the community, you should talk to the residents or their families. You can ask them about things like the competence of the staff or how friendly they are.
Another good resource is the long-term care ombudsman in the state or local area where the facility is. They can tell you about any complaints against the home or its star ratings – which are based on health inspections, and staffing and care quality checks – if they participate in Medicare.