3. Finding the right assisted
living home for your
parents or loved one is a
concern that eventually
many families will have to
4. The high number of
facilities and the long lists
of do’s and don’ts can be an
overwhelming feeling for
people who have not made
this tough decision before.
5. In the United States alone
there are over 15,000 assisted
living homes, and 1,500
continuing care facilities-
these numbers exclude
nursing and groups homes,
as well as adult communities.
6. So, how is someone without a
background in this ﬁeld
supposed to choose the right
home for their family member?
Below are a few guidelines that
can help your ﬁnd the best ﬁt
for your loved one.
7. 1. Is Assisted Living the
If the individual is happy and comfortable living where they are, it
may be a good idea to start thinking of alternative services that could
better ﬁt their needs. In- home help and assisted community living
could be a great option for people who do not need the intense hands
on care you might receive in an assisted living residency. !
8. 2. Do Your Research
Visiting the homes you are considering is a great way to meet
the staﬀ, and experience ﬁrst hand the type of care your loved
one is going to receive. Many facilities have the option of
allowing people to stay for a weekend and truly see what the
experience would be like.This gives everyone a chance to set
expectations, tour the apartments and meet the staﬀ.
9. 3. Ask the Right Questions
When touring homes it is impertinent to be as speciﬁc and as detailed as
possible when asking the questions about the live-in homes. Write down
the questions you have such as, what does kind of amenities does the unit
oﬀer, what are the nutritious values in the meals served, what kind of
activities does the place oﬀer, etc. Think of questions that take into
consideration the basic needs, as well as other necessities that will aﬀect
their stay in these homes.
10. 4. Understand Costs
Before you commit to a facility, make sure you
understand all the costs and fees associated with the
plan you purchase. Research to see if Medicare,
veteran’s organizations and community grants can
support or supplement portions of the costs.
12. This is a big transition for
all family members, and it is
very important to make sure
sure all parties involved are
comfortable with the
choices being made.
13. Tune in next month for
other tips that can help you
make this important