Guidelines for Selecting an Assisted Living Facility

February 13th 2008 01:50 pm

Are you considering an assisted living facility for yourself or someone you know? Relocating to an assisted living facility is a difficult decision to make. Before making your final decision, you need to determine if this is the right decision for the individual. Assisted living facilities are perfect for individuals who need help with daily living activities but who want to continue to live their life independently as long as they can. Upon arrival, the facility will meet with the individual and create a service plan to meet your needs including specific services requested by the resident and guaranteed by the facility.

When you have narrowed your choices to 2 or 3 different places, it is time for an on-site visit, to meet with the administrator and medical professionals. While visiting, consider if the facility looks, feels, and smells good. Talk to some of the residents and get feedback on their experiences at the facility. During your appointment, ask yourself if the center:

* Meets your individual needs, including safety measures?

* Is the facility wheelchair and walker friendly?

* What is the availability of the units and their cost?

* How are the residents greeted? Are the resident greeted by their first name?

* What is the temperature and cleanliness of the facility?

* Can the residents choose to eat in their rooms or the dining room?

* Is the food nutritious, appetizing, and prepared according to dietary restrictions?

* Are pets allowed in facility?

* Are the residents content to be living at the facility?

* What are the qualifications and availability of the staff?

* What services are available to meet your needs?

* What types of programs do they offer and what is the availability?

* Does the facility meet local and state licensing requirements?

* Is government, private, or corporate assistance available?

* What are the costs, including any additional fees for extra services?

* Are residents provided with a service plan reviewed on a quarterly basis?

For more information visit: http://www.helpguide.org/elder/assisted_living_facilities.htm

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Posted by Denise under Advice & General | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Guidelines for Selecting an Assisted Living Facility”

  1. Senior Assisted Living responded on 07 Feb 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    By planning in advance you are able to get the best benefits from assisted living services. The ideal scenario would be to schedule a tour at the place, so you are able to not only get to know their working system, accommodations, facilities and activities, but most important, to know if the place has the right atmosphere for you. It’s also important to consider a place that will adapt their services to your need, and not the opposite. Even if a crisis happens and you don’t have the time to arrange the tour, you should still prioritize a personal evaluation. DevonHouse Assisted Living is a great example that offers all the facilities above mentioned. In their website http://www.devonhouseassistedliving.com you are able to read more about their staff and gather even more information on this subject.

  2. Deepika responded on 13 Apr 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    The blog has some amazing tips of how we could help someone or ourselves for selecting the best assisted living facility in our neighbourhood . The blog has been really good.

  3. Projects In Electronics %0A responded on 22 Nov 2010 at 1:54 am #

    assisted living is nice if you got some people and a home that cares very much to its occupants “,

  4. Mary Jones responded on 06 Jun 2012 at 12:37 am #

    In an Assisted Living facility, support is provided to individuals that still wish to live as independently as possible but also need a hand with certain daily life activities. Housekeeping, dressing, laundry, transportation and taking medications are a few examples; there are many ways in which assistance is generally provided. Prepare a list of specific daily life activities that you would like assistance with and inquire about the services offered by each residence that you are considering.

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