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Assisted Living Facility - Is this the right option?

Although when asked almost everyone expresses a wish to remain living in their own homes until they die, we recognize that for some people this isn't a practical choice and other options need to be considered.  Assisted living facilities can be a wonderful option for some people.  Unfortunately, many people wait too long before making the decision to explore assisted living as a housing option and they are unable to enjoy the benefits of a good assisted living community.  One way to avoid making mistakes in long term planning is to explore options early and educate yourself about all options.

Visit assisted living facilities and see what they have to offer.  Below are some questions to ask when your visit.  Facilities will always welcome you visit, provide a tour of the facility and allow you to sample the food.  Taste testing is an important part of selecting an assisted living facility since almost all meals will be eaten in the dining room at the facility.

Questions to ask an admissions counselor: 

  • What kind of assessment is conducted before accepting a resident?
  • Who conducts the assessment?  What is their training?
  • What criteria are used to determine appropriateness for the facility?
  • What happens if my relative's needs change after moving in?
  • Will the facility accommodate personal schedule preferences?
  • Who plans the social and recreational activities?
  • How often are outside activities planned?
  • Can we walk the grounds of the facility unattended?
  • What accommodations are made for spiritual life?
  • What is the fee?
  • What does the fee include?