When it comes to making the transition from a home residence to an assisted living facility, it can be a significant step for older individuals. The right location will ensure that your family member is moved into a comfortable environment where he or she is able to receive quality care and enjoy independence. Each assisted living facility has its own set of unique features that set it apart from other facilities, and these features will need to be evaluated carefully so you are able to find the facility that best suits your loved one's health care needs and lifestyle. Here are three things you need to do as your tour facilities.
Speak with the Staff
When you go on a tour of an assisted living facility, you need to be prepared with a list of questions that you want to ask. These questions may include things like heath care service offerings, visiting arrangements, and available activities. While the answers to your questions are very important, the way that your questions are answered is as well. Does the staff seem courteous and accommodating? When you leave the tour, you should be left with the impression that the staff is committed to ensuring the residents and their families receive the highest level of care.
Pay Close Attention to the Residents
During the tour, you will want to keep a close eye on the residents. Do you notice any unattended residents that look like they need assistance? If so, this is a sign that the staff is not as attentive as they need to be. If you are on your tour during an activity, see how engaged the residents are in the activity. Request that the tour guide show you the activity rooms, common areas, and dining rooms so that you are able to see what kind of life your loved one would be living if you choose that facility.
Observe the Living Conditions
It is also important that your tour include a look into the living conditions—where your loved one would be living while there. Make sure that the rooms are spacious enough for residents to have plenty of privacy and comfort. You will also want to ensure that the living quarters are properly maintained. Watch for broken fixtures, chipping paint, or generally unclean facilities, as these things point to signs of neglect.
For more information, contact assisted living facilities in your area and schedule tours.