Things to Remember When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

If you or a loved one needs the additional care that can be provided by an assisted living facility, then it is important to choose carefully. There are many facilities, and there is a significant variety among them. That may make the decision seem difficult, but it actually means that there is a high likelihood that you will be able to find a facility that meets your particular needs.

You will want to be sure that the facility you choose is conveniently located and has the services and amenities you are looking for. But the most important thing is that you choose a place where you will feel at home. When you visit a facility, remember that it is the people who give a place its identity. You will want a home where the staff is caring and the residents are friendly.

As you talk to and observe the staff, take note of whether they take the time to speak with you and answer all of your questions, or whether the visit feels rushed. Ask yourself whether the staff acts warmly toward you as a visitor and toward the residents. Pay particular attention to how the staff members handle difficult situations or emergencies.

During your visit, pay attention to the residents as well. Do they seem happy? Do they seem to enjoy life at the facility, including activities and interacting with each other? Ask yourself whether you think you would enjoy getting to know the residents and whether there are activities at the facility that you’d like to get involved with.

Be sure to get a sense of whether the facility feels clean, safe, comfortable and friendly. Is the facility clean and well-maintained? Do you feel at home there? Do you prefer a cozy feel or a place that is full of activity?

Are there things to do on site that appeal to you? Does the facility offer hobbies and activities, or transportation to outside events? Are there amenities such as a recreation center, library or chapel available?

Ask yourself whether the food will be appealing to you. What types of food are served? Is it healthy and tasty? Are options available, and may you eat in your room if you prefer?

How does the facility handle everyday health concerns as well as emergencies? Which medical conditions can be handled on site and which would require transporting you to another facility?

Finally, it should go without saying that you should only consider facilities that are in compliance with all licensing requirements. In the state of New York, this means checking with the state Department of Health, which licenses and inspects assisted living residences.

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