What to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
It can be challenging to look for an assisted living facility as you are likely to come across a handful of options that seem to offer the same services. The selection process can be tough, but asking the right questions can get the answers you need to make an informed decision. Here are the things you should consider asking when choosing an assisted living facility:
- How many residents do you have?
Beware of facilities that are heavily congested and understaffed. Make sure that there is always someone who can look after and supervise your loved one. The best assisted living facilities maintain a high staff to resident ratio. At least one caregiver for every five residents should be good.
- Will my loved one get a customized care plan?
No resident is the same as another, so it makes sense for the staff to provide a personalized memory care and assisted living plan for your loved one. They will sit with you to discuss your loved one’s needs, particularly his or her hobbies, lifestyle, the activities they enjoy, and their daily routines. They will need to learn about your loved one’s health and medical requirements, too. If the condition is in the advanced stages, round-the-clock care will be arranged to keep your loved one comfortable and safe.
- Who is running this facility?
Choose a memory care and assisted living facility that is being run and managed by licensed and experienced healthcare professionals and caregivers. Make sure the staff has a good track record of being responsible and compassionate to residents and their families.
- Can I tour the home?
Reputable assisted living facilities will be more than happy to welcome you and show you around, as they understand that you want to make sure that your loved one will be safe, secure, and happy in their environment. Consider talking to some of the residents, too, as well as the staff and managers.
- How much will it cost?
Consider a facility that can provide all services in one inclusive price that will not increase, even when your loved one requires more care or stays for a longer time. That way, you do not have to worry about paying extra