Questions To Ask When Considering Assisted Living Communities

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It can be overwhelming to find the right assisted living community to fit your loved one’s exact needs, especially if you’re embarking upon this journey for the first time. 

It’s a good idea to compile a list of questions to ask community representatives when interviewing different assisted living facilities for your loved one. 

If you’re not sure which questions you should ask, consider the following for a good place to start.

Are there nurses on staff?

For many families looking for an assisted living facility for a loved one, having trained medical personnel on staff is important. If you feel that your loved one needs frequent medical care, you’ll want to make sure that the facility you’re considering has it available.

Does the community have experience with memory care?

If an individual has dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, or any other memory condition, it’s important to choose a community that is experienced in handling these unique cases. 

Is transportation available for medical appointments?

For residents of assisted living facilities, transportation to and from medical appointments can be an important feature to consider. If your loved one no longer drives and needs to have transportation services provided, make sure the community you’re interviewing has this service available.

Does the community offer end-of-life care?

Hospice and palliative care are important phases of life for many individuals who move into assisted living communities. Most assisted living facilities are prepared to offer end-of-life care, but it’s best to double-check when you’re learning about the available features.

Are there additional fees on top of standard costs?

It’s better to be prepared ahead of time than it is to be surprised by sudden fees. On top of asking for a statement of costs that would apply to your loved one, ensure that there are not any additional fees you need to think about. You’ll want to work with a community that’s upfront about the cost of services.

Different communities offer different amenities and features for residents. Though it can be a challenge to find the right facility, asking the right questions is a big part of the process.

If you’re looking for exceptional care for your loved one, contact Heritage Assisted Living to schedule a visit. One of our community representatives will answer all of your questions in a thorough, friendly manner and help you navigate through many of the obstacles you’re facing along the way.