How to Choose a Senior Care Facility

Whether you’re looking for yourself or a family member, the search for the perfect new home can
be stressful. Transitioning to a senior care facility or assisted living  may feel completely foreign,
and you probably aren’t quite sure what to expect. To help, here is a list of things to consider as you compare your options.

Senior Care Facility Checklist

Read recent inspections results

Facilities like to show their best face to potential clients, so you’re sure to hear only good things from them. To get a complete picture, search for the facility on’s Nursing Home Compare website. This site contains results from recent official inspections. The inspections are never announced ahead of time, and they are performed by trained professionals, so you’ll get more of an idea about what goes on behind the scenes. No place is perfect, of course, but you may find some surprising differences between facilities that would otherwise have appeared equal.

Take a tour

One of the most important things you can do is tour potential facilities, just like you would if you were planning to buy a new house. Pay close attention to your surroundings as you walk around. Do they appear to be understaffed? Are there any unpleasant sights, sounds, or odors? Do the residents seem content? Is the environment peaceful or hospital-like? Are there shared rooms or bathrooms? Also, feel free to ask whatever questions are on your mind or request any additional information you think would be helpful. For example, you may want to look at some informationon the facility’s safety measures and visiting policies.

Talk to some staff members

Residents spend more time with CNAs, or certified nursing assistants, than with any other staff members. Therefore, it’s important to get a feel for the type of CNAs that the facility in question employs. High-quality CNAs should be welcoming, friendly, polite, competent, patient and respectful. If you have any doubts about the direct care staff or nursing staff at a certain facility, look elsewhere. These professionals are the backbone of healthcare, and their quality can make or break a senior care center.

Seek the opinions of current residents and families

Ask current clients for their honest opinions about the care they have been receiving. Find out what things they like best, what they wish were different, and what their overall recommendation is. There are always bound to be some unsatisfied customers, but if the average resident and his or her family seem happy, consider it a good sign.

Inquire about recreational activities

One of the biggest complaints of nursing home and assisted living residents is boredom. If the facility has an activities director, take the time to chat with them about what kinds of entertainment and activities are available. You may also want to be on the lookout for activities calendars, which can often be found hanging on the wall near a menu posting.

Check your budget

Senior care is very expensive, especially in certain luxury or specialty facilities. Look ahead at the years to come and make sure the facility you are considering is one you will be able to afford over the long run. The last thing you want to have to do is find a new living place a few years from now because you are short on funds. Senior care facilities can be a great place to live, but it’s important to do your research and make sure you choose one that will be a good fit. Every individual has unique preferences that should be considered in addition to concerns, like cost and safety. Hopefully, the list above will serve as a good starting point for your comparison and selection process. Take all the time you need to decide.

How to Choose a Senior Care Facility

Senior Living Statistics

 Below are some statistics on senior opinions of their care facilities that were published in a 2013 study by the Assisted Living Federation of America. The study included 500 seniors residing in 398 assisted living communities. The full report and methodology used is available on the Assisted Living Federation of America website.

of seniors in assisted living communities said they are happy with the amount of personal independence they are given.
of seniors in assisted living communities said they were satisfied by the level of care that was provided to them by their staff.
of seniors in assisted living communities said they were satisfied with the quality of their lives.
of seniors in assisted living communities said they felt safe in their community.
of seniors in assisted living communities said they felt safer living in their community rather than living on their own.

Contact Elderly Connections today at 1-855-377-7367 to talk to one of our experienced
placement advisors and find out which type of facility might be best for you.