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10 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Assisted Living Options

| October 26, 2017
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Choosing an assisted living residence for yourself or a loved one can be stressful. There are so many things to consider from the location of the community, to costs, and social aspects such as the availability of dining, transportation, and medical care. As a result, people often forget to ask about other important factors like the facility’s financial condition and safety record. 

If you’re considering assisted living for yourself or a loved one, ask to meet with the facility or community’s director and ask the following questions to help you make an informed choice. 

  1. Is the facility licensed? 
  2. Has its license ever been revoked—if so, why?
  3. Are recent inspection reports available?
  4. Are financial records available?
  5. What security protocols are in place?
  6. Is someone on duty 24 hours a day, or is there an emergency call service?
  7. Is a doctor or other medical staff available around the clock?
  8. Do you run backgrounds checks on employees and staff? 
  9. Can you provide references?
  10. Do you offer step-up, nursing or continuing care? 

If you have questions about budgeting for housing or long-term care costs in retirement, contact us.

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