When selecting an assisted living facility for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to be informed about what to assess and what questions to pose during your visits to different establishments. Assisted living options vary significantly, and, as is the case with many aspects of life, some excel over others.
Here are some key inquiries to consider when touring these facilities:
- Are the residents content? The overall demeanor and satisfaction of the residents serve as a compelling indicator of the facility’s quality and attentiveness. If the residents appear withdrawn, disheartened, or uncommunicative (or excessively outgoing, depending on your preferences), this may not be the right place for you.
- Is the facility well-maintained and secure? A brief inspection will reveal much about the facility’s upkeep and professionalism. Are the hallways and stairways easily navigable and well-illuminated? Are there safety features like handrails in the bathrooms? These aspects significantly influence safety and comfort, especially since your stay might extend over many years.
- Are pets permitted? Some facilities may allow residents in private rooms to keep pets, whether they be fish, birds, cats, or dogs.
- How many common areas are available? The availability of communal spaces can directly impact your opportunities to form new relationships. Few communal areas may result in limited social interaction.
- Is transportation accessible to residents? Ensure that you are aware of the facility’s transportation options, such as a shuttle service or proximity to public transportation. Some assisted living homes may charge parking fees for residents and guests, while others offer transportation services to religious events for a fee.
- What is the facility’s policy on personal belongings? Different facilities may have varying policies on bringing personal items. In some cases, residents may be able to bring their furniture, like chairs, sofas, or bookshelves. Conversely, some living spaces may come fully furnished or be too small to accommodate larger items. On-site storage may also be available for items that can’t fit in the rooms.
- If you’re considering a roommate, what are the room dimensions and living arrangements? The room size and layout should align with your preferences, especially if you plan to share your living space with a roommate. Compatibility is crucial for harmonious cohabitation.
Taking these questions into account before searching will help you identify the ideal facility with greater success.