This is a guest post by Kimberly James.
Choosing an assisted living facility is one of the most important decisions you can make for yourself or a loved one. An assisted living facility can help you with day-to-day tasks that you are no longer able to perform for yourself, and can provide a safe, secure place to live.
By making the right choice, you can be sure that you or your loved one will enjoy all of the comforts of home. Here’s what to look for in a facility:
1. Living Facility Staff
When you visit facilities, pay particular attention to how you are treated by the staff. Also keep an eye out for how the staff treats the residents, especially when they don’t think anyone is looking. Some facilities put on a good face for visitors and then return to lazy habits once the visitors have gone. Pay attention to how many staff members greet you, how they go about their jobs and if they work with a smile on their face. The attitudes of the staff can make or break an assisted living experience.
Look at the residents as closely as you look at the staff. You should see able-bodied residents walking about, enjoying themselves. Are the residents out in the halls and day areas socializing or do you see residents sitting in their rooms staring out of their windows? Do the residents appear happy or do they look like they’d rather be somewhere else? Happy residents can indicate a great facility just as unhappy residents can indicate that there may be issues that need to be resolved.
If you are choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one, make sure that you choose one that is within a reasonable distance from yourself and other family members. You don’t want to move your loved one into a facility and then be unable to visit them whenever you choose. While you won’t be able to accommodate the entire family when it comes to location, choosing a facility that is central to multiple family members will ensure that your loved one doesn’t feel isolated and alone.
When looking at an assisted living facility, take a good look at the surroundings. Some people prefer to be in a facility with a high activity level, while others would prefer a more sedate living environment. Does the facility have a homey feel or does it feel antiseptic and cold? An assisted living facility should feel comfortable and be well-kept; if the facility that you are looking at appears to be in ill-repair or unclean, scratch it off your short list and keep looking.
All assisted living facilities must maintain proper licensing and remain in compliance with local and state laws. When you’re visiting facilities, be sure to ask about their licensing and find out how often they are inspected. You can look at the Better Business Bureau’s website when you get home and find any complaints that have been filed against the facility as well.
It’s not unreasonable to assume that you or your loved one will spend a great deal of time in the facility that you choose. While you are always free to move to a different facility, it can be a hassle that no one wants to deal with. By choosing a facility wisely, you can be sure that you or your loved one will be happy and well-cared for for years to come.
Author Bio: Kimberly James writes articles and reviews for several retirement sites, including AssistedLivingToday.com.