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How to as­sess whether a res­i­dence is right for you

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The best way to choose the right fa­cil­ity for you or a par­ent is to visit! While you’re there, use this check­list to help you de­cide:

No­tice the “vibe” or “soul” of the place: Is it friendly? Do staff mem­bers greet you? Do res­i­dents seem en­gaged and happy?

Re­mem­ber that this is a de­ci­sion of the heart, so note – and trust – your emo­tional re­ac­tions.

Make sure the noise level is sat­is­fac­tory. Check for odors in the halls, pri­vate rooms and es­pe­cially bath­rooms. Pay at­ten­tion to the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hood. Are res­i­dents al­lowed out­doors? Do you feel safe?

Look for main­te­nance is­sues in­doors and out: peel­ing paint, bro­ken rails or light fix­tures.

Sched­ule a visit for around 4 p.m. on a week­end. If there are staffing is­sues, this is when you’re likely to see them. Ask to see the in­spec­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and make sure it’s up to date. Ob­serve what res­i­dents are do­ing – and how well-groomed they are. Look for a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties in the pub­lic ar­eas and for smil­ing, en­gaged peo­ple. In­quire what kind of sup­port they of­fer for de­men­tia and Alzheimer’s pa­tients. Eat a meal there. Is it en­joy­able?

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