How to Choose an Assisted Living Facility

Assisted living is something that many younger adults don’t know anything about. If you hear the phrase “assisted living,” naturally you will think that it has something to do with being helped — and that is exactly what assisted living facilities do. Assisted living centers help older Americans with their day to day functions. It should be noted that the phrase “assisted living” is used loosely and can mean a different level of care in different states. You should always find out about the type of care that is offered in each facility. These are the most common assisted living daily functions that people need help:

  • Toileting
  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Getting dressed
  • Walking/Moving (officially referred to as “transferring”)
  • Going to the bathroom (officially referred to as “continence”).

So how do you choose an assisted living facility? First, you need to look at the level of support and care that you or your loved one will need. There are different services, amenities and levels of care offered at various senior living facilities, so you need to make sure that an assisted living facility is what you need. Nursing homes, for example, provide much more skilled nursing care than assisted living facilities do, so if you or your loved one needs skilled nursing care, then a nursing home may be a better option.

Next, after you’ve determined than an assisted living facility is what you need, you need to think about whether you want a facility that specializes in dementia or Alzheimer’s care. Many assisted living facilities will have special sections / units that deal with dementia residents.

You also want to make sure that you research at least several assisted living facilities and do not go for the first one you called or got in touch with. There are many assisted living facility options, depending on the city you live in, so choosing the right facility is important.

You also need to make sure that the facility you choose will be within your budget. Costs of assisted living may vary greatly from facility to facility even within the same city — so call each facility and ask them what the monthly cost will be.

Moreover, do not forget to actually visit the facilities and see just how much they care about the residents. You may want to talk to some of the residents in the assisted living center to see what their impressions are. You also want to talk to the workers there to see how happy they are to be working in the facility.

Finally, use your common sense. If you get a bad feeling about the facility, even if you can’t pinpoint why — then stay away from it. People have a great sense of intuition that will always tell us things we can’t otherwise identify.

Follow the outlined steps in this guide and find an assisted living facility that is right for you or your loved one.