How to Choose An Assisted Living Facility

Middletown House

There are lots of things to consider when choosing a care provider and facility for a Loved One.

We've created this checklist of things that we feel are important and that Families have told us they appreciate about Angels Care Family Home.

1. Location-How close is the facility to you...Is that Important?

2. Cost-obviously this is important but also consider, does the provider offer a stable all inclusive model?  Is your rate guaranteed for a specific time?

3. What is included?  Some facilities have add on fees as health declines and increased care is needed.  Ask about this possibility at any facility you are considering.

4. What happens if my loved one's health declines?  Can additional care be coordinated such as Rehab or Physical Therapy, Hospice or other services?

5. Does the Director of Nursing make visits with or to other facilities or hospitals on our behalf if needed?

6. Payment Convenience-Can you pay by check, bank draft, automated clearing?

7. What about if we run out of money?  Does the Private Pay facility have a transition plan?

8. Who is the ownership and what is their background?  Are they financially stable?  Has the facility been for sale or offered for sale?  These things all speak to the stability of the ownership and should be considered.

9. How involved are the owners?  Do they live in the community? Do they come to the facility to visit with families?

8. How is care coordinated?  Who does so?  Are they experienced in a long term care setting and a Licensed LPN or RN

10 What is the facilities relationship with other facilities nearby?  Do they work together?  Do they refer to one another?

11. How do they coordinate activities and what things are part of their daily regimen in the homes?

12. How are meals prepared and what sort of variety is offered?  Can they offer different meal choices for the Residents at the same meal?  Are dining hours set in stone?

13. Does my Mom or Dad have to get out of bed and eat at a certain time?

You may have other things that are important to your family and loved one and each family is different.  It's important that you feel the provider and the staff that cares for your loved one is qualified, capable and above all is CARING and COMPASSIONATE.

We hope this information is useful for you as you continue your search for an appropriate facility for your loved one.