Moving into an assisted living community is just one of many important decisions that need to be made regarding senior care. The next challenge is choosing the right facility for you or your loved one.
A personalized checklist will help you to make an informed decision, as well as an equal evaluation of every facility that you visit. Remember to make note of the facility name, address, phone number, main point of contact, website and email.
Below are some items you will want to include in your assisted living facility checklist
All of these questions can be taken care of over the phone. This will save the cost and time spent taking a trip and can eliminate a facility before you visit a community.
The next sets of questions are those that can be answered while visiting the facility. You’ll also want to note whether this is the first visit to the facility, what day it is, and what time you visited. These details can provide important information when making a decision. The questions to ask or take note of should consist of questions similar to the following:
The preceding questions will help you note what your visit was like. After visiting more than one location all of the details can begin to blend together and it is very east to get facilities mixed up. The next portion of the checklist should note details of the contract and expenses. Sample questions include:
Next you’ll want to ask about the specific amenities. Amenities are an important factor in determining whether or not you or your loved one will enjoy their stay. Questions to ask include:
Lastly, ask friends neighbors, and relatives who have experience with some of the facilities you’re visiting. Word of mouth travels fast and chances are if a facility has an overwhelmingly good or bad reputation, it is likely true. Also check internet chat rooms and forums to get information from real people. By following these steps you are much more likely to make a sound decision and avoid choosing the wrong assisted living facility.
A checklist allows you to perform a much more detailed and accurate assessment for you or your loved one to make a decision. It’s also good to note the human element when visiting. Take note of your gut reaction to the facility, residents, and staff. The staff will most likely put their best foot forward so be extra aware of the feeling you get when walking in as well as during your tour.