You will also find that the setting of the facility may play an important role in determining which facility is chosen. If your senior loves to spend time outdoors, an apartment style complex located in the middle of the city will not be where they would be most comfortable. Thankfully, you will find assisted living facilities in a variety of settings for them to choose from.
Once you have a list of prospective facilities, you should take the time to visit them unannounced. This will give you a better idea of how they operate, how the residents are taken care of, and whether or not the facility appears to be clean, safe, and secure. You may also want to take the time to introduce yourself to some of the current residents and ask them their opinion of the facility and whether or not their needs are being met.
After your unannounced visits, you should then schedule a tour of the facility with the prospects still left on your list. Along with the tour, you should get a better idea of what is offered to the residents. Most assisted living facilities will have activities and programs set up for the seniors, as well as provide cleaning and laundry services.
Before you and your senior make the decision on a facility, make certain you check with your state’s Department of Health and Human Services to verify they are conforming to all of the state’s rules and regulations. You may also be able to find out whether any complaints were filed and how they were resolved.