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Evaluating Senior Living Facilities

Searching for the ideal care community for your loved one can feel overwhelming. It’s important to find a place that not only meets their basic care needs but also ensures their happiness and a sense of belonging. According to a 2023 study conducted by the AARP, 72% of caregivers experienced stress and overwhelm while searching for such communities. With numerous options to consider and the emotional weight of the decision, it’s easy to get lost in logistical details and overlook the paramount goal of discovering a place that truly enhances the well-being and sense of belonging of your loved ones.

Key Questions for Evaluating Senior Living Facilities

While touring senior living facilities, you want to absorb as much information as possible so you’re prepared to make an informed decision. Here are some key questions to help you evaluate senior living facilities:

  • How many staff members care for each resident?
  • What type of training does your care staff complete?
  • Are staff trained to care for residents with memory loss or Alzheimer’s?
  • Is the staff onsite at 24/7?
  • Can staff administer medications?
  • Do you have nurses on staff?
  • Do you have an in-house physician?
  • What type of security and safety measures do you have in place?
  • Do you have experience with Alzheimer’s? Parkinson’s? Diabetes? (or the specific diagnosis of your loved one)
  • Did you complete the assessment before moving in?
  • What types of apartments are available?
  • What is the monthly cost per apartment? What are the differences in price?
  • What is your waitlist policy?
  • Can I meet another family member with a loved one in the community?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Does the community offer all the amenities you’re looking for (concierge services, a gym, pool, theater, spa, etc.)?
  • Do residents seem to be engaged in social events and taking advantage of community amenities?
  • How does the food taste?
  • How often are the menus changed?
  • Do you have transportation for doctor’s appointments?
  • Do you have an activity calendar?
  • What additional services are available if care or personal needs change while living here?
  • What is your billing policy?
  • Are there additional fees for services or activities?
  • Do you offer hospice and end of life care?

Making the right choice in senior living facilities is a crucial decision. To ensure you make an informed choice, don’t hesitate to ask questions of the staff until you are fully satisfied with your understanding of all the available options, policies, and benefits that align with your criteria. Having a clear understanding of these aspects will boost your confidence when making your final selection.

Ensuring Safety and Well-being with Assessment Tool

In your quest to ensure the safety and well-being of your senior loved ones, our free Senior Care Needs Assessment Tool serves as an invaluable resource. This tool goes beyond simple evaluations; it enables you to conduct a comprehensive assessment of your loved one’s individual needs and unique circumstances. By doing so, you gain the insight necessary to identify when it becomes imperative to explore senior living options that not only cater to their requirements but also prioritize their comfort, security, and overall quality of life.

The well-being of your loved one is of utmost importance, and our assessment tool equips you with the knowledge and confidence needed to make choices that align with your best interests. By utilizing this tool, you can find the perfect senior living solution that offers the care, support, and peace of mind that your loved one truly deserves.


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