Whether you are looking for an assisted living facility for yourself or a loved one, it is important that you make the right choice to suit your or their needs. People often find the different designations to be quite confusing and they have no idea what the differences are, or what they should be looking for. That is why we have this brief overview to help you get started.
Assess your needs
Make an honest and accurate assessment of the lifestyle, mental, financial, and physical needs of the person living in the facility. If you struggle with this, you can use a professional trained in the field of human services – a private geriatric care manager – who can help with the assessment. If you want to find the best option for you, you will need to know what you want/need.
Visit different facilities
If you want a sense of the choices in your area, you will need to visit a number of different facilities. Make sure to consider the proximity to those who are likely to visit. Visits are likely to be more frequent if the facility is closer. Listen to the formal presentation during an official tour, make sure to ask questions that are important to the needs you assessed earlier.
Narrow down your selection
Make sure that you have your top two or three choices, and begin to narrow down the selection. Return to those facilities and make sure that you ask everything that you want to know. Talk to the residents if you can, talk to the staff. Does the staff seem knowledgeable and friendly? If possible, eat a meal there, is the food any good?
Review the basic information
You can always ask to review a copy to the facility contract (Resident Agreement). This is an important document and provides information with regards to conditions of termination, facility and resident responsibilities, residents’ rights, services provided, and fees. Make sure that you review the contract thoroughly before you ever sign it.
Get the certification inspection or licensing report
Is there even an inspection report available to the public? If there were problems in this facility before, have they been addressed or do they continue unchecked? This is not just a brief overview of potential issues, but it tells you a bit more about how the organization is being managed.
Remember that ultimately, you need to find a facility that most closely meets your needs. You may find that one organization has four different advantages while another has one benefit. This is why it is great that you have options at Carlton Senior Living, so you are ultimately able to find the one that is right for you.