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How to Choose an Assisted Home for Your Senior Loved One

Assisted living facilities are designed for mainly independent seniors who need assistance with certain daily activities, like bathing, medication reminders, or transportation. These facilities also offer 24/7 security, health care access, fitness programs, recreation and social opportunities.

While we all want to give our loved ones the best assisted living conditions, not all of these facilities are created equal. This is why it’s important to spend some time reviewing your options so you can indeed choose the best.

How to begin? Explore the different assisted living communities in your desired area, creating a shortlist. Then set an appointment with each one so you can personally make a visit. You may need to adjust your schedule for this, but knowing that your loved one is in a joyful and safe place is always worth the effort.

The following can help you make a wise decision:

The Staff

Let’s start with the staff. They certainly need to be well-trained, but you might consider that a given. What usually makes the difference is their attitude. Pick a community in which the staff are compassionate and genuinely want to help seniors.

Staff-to-Resident Ratio

Aside from having well-trained and sincere staff, an assisted living facility should have enough staff members on hand to meet all the residents’ needs. No matter how warm and trained they are, they will never be good enough if they are not enough in number.

Care Plan in Black and White

See if the residents in a facility you’re considering has their own written care plan. If not, some of their needs may remain unidentified and thus unmet.


It is important to check whether a facility will be able to handle the future needs of your loved one. Obviously, the facility you choose should be able to address them.

Holistic Approach

Just because they’re seniors doesn’t mean they need no more than physical nurturing. Like the most of us, they also need to be entertained, to socialize and to receive spiritual guidance. Find a place where all of these things are present.

Other Considerations

There can be a million other things to check when choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one, but remember to consider the basics. Check the kitchen, for example. It should be clean and the service good. Visit at mealtime so you’ll catch the action. Call buttons are another basic requirements. The facility should have enough.

You can also spend a few minutes in the outdoor area watching the residents interact with one another. Just by looking at them talking to each other, you will somehow gauge if they’re happy in the facility.

Before choosing an assisted living community for a loved one, make sure you have compared at least two or three options. Without any point of reference, you cannot accurately say that any facility is the best.

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