each facility under close consideration. During your tour, consider the following:
What is the ratio of staff members to residents?
Are there staff awake at night?
Who assists residents at night?
Are the residents required to go to bed at a specific
How do residents call for assistance?
Is there a daily routine?
Do the care providers have any special training?
What medical conditions would necessitate a transfer
to another facility?
Is this community willing to manage individuals who have or develop dementia or terminal illness requiring Hospice care?
What is the monthly base rate?
Are there any additional charges?
Is there a charge to take someone to the doctor, shopping
or hair appointment?
Is there a fee for incontinence care, medication management,
Is there a fee for phone or cable hookup and use?
Is there an annual increase in rates?
Is there a community or entry fee for admission?
Ask to see a menu.
How often is the menu revised?
What time are meals served?
Are meals served only in a communal dining setting?
Does the facility accommodate individual food preferences
and/or special diets?
Is there a charge to bring meals to the room or apartment?
What activities are offered?
Are there walking or other exercise programs?
Does the community have a gym?
Does the community have access to a pool?
Does the community require that the residents go to bed or wake up at specific times?
If assisted living, does the community have a memory-care unit for individuals with advanced dementia?
If Hospice care is indicated, will the monthly rent go up?
In making your decision, consider all of the facts in
addition to the general feeling you developed from each
environment. Of course, is available to help
you prioritize your needs and address your concerns.