Selecting an assisted living community for your loved one is obviously a big decision to make. You want to make it armed with as much information as possible, which means that touring a few assisted living communities is essential. It is only by going on a few tours that you come to see how these communities work, and get a sense of which one is the best fit for your family member.
As you tour an assisted living community, though, what should you be looking out for? Here are a few tips.
- Pay attention to the overall level of cleanliness you see. Look beyond the furnishings and check for obvious dirt or grime on baseboards, windows, etc. This can reveal much about the robustness of the housekeeping and maintenance service.
- Call in advance to schedule a tour during an activity, and observe how well-attended the activity is, how involved the staff is, etc.
- Also take note of the level of staff friendliness you see; are the staff members making eye contact with the residents, and treating them with respect?
- Ask to see not just a room, but also outdoor common areas, and make sure they feel safe and secure.
- Ask to eat a meal during the normal meal service, or at the very least to see the weekly menu and get a feel for the food options that are offered.
- Ask questions about the safety features that are available in the rooms, and also about security protocols for keeping residents protected.
A final thought: Your instincts can help guide you. The way a place feels means a lot, and if you find the community to be unwelcoming or simply not right, don’t hesitate to mark it off the list.
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