Choosing An Assisted Living Facility
Do you need help with activities of daily living—such as bathing, cooking meals, cleaning house—yet you are looking to remain as independent as possible? Assisted living may be right for you.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Be sure to ask what amenities are offered and included. Services typically include housekeeping, laundry, transportation, security, and emergency call systems.
- Take the time to get to know—and to observe—the residents and staff at each individual community. Their interactions can tell you more about the community than a mere list of amenities and services.
Ask the administrator about their credentials and licensure to verify that they are up to date. Find out if they use professional nursing services on site, or if they use a home health agency. You should also ask about physical or occupational therapists.
Be certain to check out the dining area. Ask for a copy of one of their menus. If you have a special diet, ask whether they can accommodate your needs.
Review the current activity calendar to find out the different recreational and spiritual activities that are available.
Consider the community’s location. Will it be easy for family members to visit? Is it close to your doctor and hospital, shopping and entertainment centers?
Learn the costs and fees associated with living in the community. What is included in the basic monthly cost? Are there fees for extra services? Would these fees be subject to change?
- The most important thing is to find a community that you will be comfortable in. It’s going to be your home, so it needs to be a good fit for you.