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Do you know what questions to ask an assisted living facility? When it comes to finding the perfect facility for your loved ones, it is essential that you know what to ask while visiting them for a tour. To help you find the best home for your parents, we have taken a closer look at 12 questions you should ask.

Setting up a Tour at an Assisted Living Facility

Before looking at the best questions to ask an assisted living facility, you should first set up a tour. This will allow you to clearly see the facility and gives you a chance to meet the staff and understand how they work.

Booking a tour of a facility is very easy. Simply contact the premises you are looking to view, and their team will be happy to arrange a time and date that suits you.

Questions to Ask Assisted Living Facility During a Tour

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When it comes to finding the best facility for your loved one, you should ask:

1) Do they offer 24-hour care? – This is an important question to ensure your loved ones will get help whenever they might need it. Ask if 24 hour care is provided if your loved one is in need of round-the-clock care.
2) What amenities are offered? – Next, you should ask what amenities are on offer, allowing you to determine if it meets your loved one’s needs.
3) What services are offered? – Alongside the amenities, you also want to check what services and level of care are offered.
4) What are the costs? – This is one of the most important questions, and you should not be afraid to ask about various costs and any extras or hidden costs there might be.
5) What type of meals are provided? – This is another important question, and you should make sure you understand the various options available alongside how often meals are served and where residents eat meals.
6) What is the staff to resident ratio? – With the population of those over the age of 65 increasing rapidly, outpacing those of any other age group, you want to ensure that the facility has enough staff for the residents they have.
7) Are there any transportation services available? – Some assisted living facilities will offer transportation services, such as a shuttle to the doctors or to the grocery store. This will ensure you can make alternative arrangements if not.
8) Do they arrange activities? – Isolation and loneliness are two very big issues facing seniors today, so another important question to ask an assisted living facility is what activities that they offer. This should include any within the facility itself alongside day trips to local events and attractions.
9) How are medications handled? – When it comes to questions to ask an assisted living facility, this is another important question. You want to ensure that your loved one is getting the care that they need, so you should make sure you understand exactly how medications are handled.
10) Do they allow pets? – Does your loved one have a pet? Some assisted living facilities will allow residents to bring their pets with them, so make sure you understand the rules about bringing them with you. If your loved one doesn’t have a pet, check out this article detailing some of the advantages of owning a pet as a senior.
11) Do they offer hospice care? – This is another very important question and will ensure that your loved one will receive the care that they need to spend their final days in the very best care possible.
12) Who will be taking care of your loved one? – By asking this question, you will be able to understand exactly who will be looking after your loved one. Many assisted living facilities will be happy to introduce you to their team, giving you complete peace of mind your loved ones are in the best care.

What to do Once You Find the Perfect Facility

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Now you know what questions to ask an assisted living facility and have found your ideal home, what are the next steps? You should first inform the facility that you would like to enroll your loved one, and they will then be able to inform you of availability and space.

If they have room, they will also be able to support you through the process, making it as smooth and efficient as possible for you. Here at Sandyside Senior Living, we know how emotional this process can be, which is why our friendly and experienced team is on hand to answer any questions you might have and ensure your parents enjoy the very best experience.

Want to find out more? Get in touch today and schedule a tour.

Sandyside Senior Living

This information was provided by Sandyside Senior Living in White Lake, Michigan. Sandyside specializes in advanced care for seniors with dementia, Parkinson’s, and all age-related illness.

Interested in learning more about Sandyside Senior Living? Contact Sandyside online, or call at (248) 698-3700.

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