- Consider the facility location; is it near enough for family and friends to visit? Is it
close to a medical facility? Shopping and social opportunities?
- How much supervision do they offer? Is it a locked facility? Do they offer wander
- Consider distance to the dining area, activity rooms, social rooms, and ability to get there safely and easily.
- Ask about the safety and security system in the facility, access to a personal alarm system, phone, and call bell system in bathrooms and bedrooms.
- What is their method of billing?
- Do they have a “bed hold” policy if your loved
one is in the hospital or out of the facility for a period of time?
- Do they have resident/staff/family meetings on a regular basis? Who should attend? Is a family support group available?
- What is their resident/staff ratio on each shift?
- Does a doctor or other medical provider visit regularly? Is
a dentist or podiatrist available? Do they have their own pharmacy? Are
residents required to use that pharmacy? Is physical therapy available?
- Are there dedicated areas for opportunity to exercise, for
a hair salon, TV or activity room?
- Is there a nurse on staff part time or 24/7? If not, who
does the resident assessments and ensure the plan of care is implemented? How
often are reassessments done? Who does medication dispensing, wound care, or
other medical services?
- What training, qualifications, and on-going training are
required of the staff? Are they trained to deal with people with cognitive
- Are there any special services or activities for those with
memory impairment or other disabilities?
For a complete list of care homes in your area and
contact information, see www.assistedcarefacilities.net and click on the state, then the city, then on the facility.