Searching for an assisted living facility for a loved one can be an overwhelming task. There are so many options from small 4 bed facilities to large 150+ bed facilities, like Brookdale Assisted Living. No matter what your budget is, you can find the right ALF for your aging loved one.
Your decision should always be focused on the level of care and the needs of your loved one, not finances. Some ALF’s may not have the correct layout or staff to resident ratio to properly care for your loved one. Here are a few tips on what to look for during a tour.
1. Keep a good eye on the caregivers
When touring an Assisted living facility, it’s important to keep an eye on not only the person touring the facility, but the other caregivers working. When observing, look to see if they are:
- Upbeat and Pleasant
- Respectful to the Residents
- Diligently Working
- In Proper Uniform
- Using Proper Equipment
2. Talk to the residents
When touring an ALF, it is important to take the to speak to a few residents. Most seniors are brutally honest and do not mind sharing their opinion. Here are a few questions you could ask the residents:
- Do you like it here?
- What’s your favorite activity?
- Would you change anything about this Assisted Living Facility?
- Do you like the food?
Most residents will tell you everything you need to know and more.
3. Look for the cleanliness/up-keeping of the ALF
Always pay attention to how cleanliness of the Alf; a few things to look for are:
- Are the beds made?
- Does the facility have a bad odor?
- Are the residents clean and presentable?
- Are the walls clean and freshly painted?
- Are the bathrooms properly maintained?
- Are the grounds properly manicured and maintained?
4. Ask for information on the facilities last state survey
Licensed assisted living facilities are state regulated and receive surveys at least once every 2 years in some states. Asking for information from the survey is perfectly fine. Here are a few things to ask about the survey:
- Do you have any abuse related citations?
- Do you have bedbug related citations and if so, when was it diagnosed and treated?
- Has your license been suspended or revoked for any reason?
5. Ask for References
Ask for the information of a long-time resident’s family member. A little insight from a family member could ease your mind when you’re making the decision to enter your loved one into an assisted living facility.
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