How to choose an assisted living facility

February 16, 2017

U.S. Administration on Aging offers the following advice to help you and your loved one find an appropriate assisted living facility:

• Look around. Visit more than one facility. And visit each facility more than once.

• Visit during meal times, and sample some food.

• Talk to the residents.

• Watch how the residents and staff interact.

• Ask for a written statement of the facility's philosophy of care.

• Find out what kinds of social, recreational and spiritual activities are offered.

• Review licensing reports.

• Ask about retention policies. What sort of mental or physical disabilities would require moving your loved one to a different facility?

• If the facility is connected to a nursing home, ask for information about it too.

• Call your state's long-term-care ombudsman. Ask about complaints filed against the facility. Call the local Better Business Bureau too.

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