Deciding if a specific assisted living environment is the right one for you can be a difficult thing to do with there being so many different things to consider and given how important of a decision it is – after all, you will be spending your golden years of retirement within this space.
In order to help you with this mammoth task, we have put together a list of questions that you should ask of any facility offering assisted living services. By asking these questions, you will be able to find the place where assisted living done right and you can enjoy your final years.
The Questions To Ask
Whenever you go and visit an assisted living facility, it is important to be prepared. By going in with an idea of what you are after, it helps you to better analyze the environment and decide if it is the right one for you. One way of doing this is by putting together a list of questions that you want to ask.
- Staff – start off by asking about the staff who work there. Find out how many staff there are for each and every resident at the facility, as this will provide you with an idea of the level of assistance that you can expect to receive. It is important to also ask about what the turnover rate of the staff there is. After all, you will be spending a lot of time with them and so will inevitably build up a relationship with them. You do not want to see these staff members then leave just as you are starting to get comfortable with them.
- Food – another important thing that you need to ask about is the food that is served. You need to determine how many times you will be fed each and every day, how often the menu changes, and where and when the meals are prepared. Some facilities may even allow you to sample some of the food whilst you are there so that you can get an idea of how good (or how bad) the food is.
- Living space – the apartment that you are going to be living in is one of the most important factors in any assisted living environment as it is where you will be spending a lot of your time. This is why it is important to ask if there are different types of apartments available and how much they cost per month. Where a kitchen is provided, you should ask if any appliances are included with the apartment.
Other areas of assisted living life that you need to enquire about include the common spaces that are available for all residents to enjoy, what activities are run for the residents, what their health care policies are, what the other residents are like in the facility, and most importantly what is the cost of living there. You do not want to decide on a facility and then discover that it is way out of your budget.