Choosing a Facility
It is important for you and your family members to visit the facility to make sure that it meets your needs, as well as those of your family. A few things to consider when choosing a facility are listed here.
|Is the facility accepting new residents?|
|Is the facility easy to visit for family and friends?|
|Does the facility use hospitals where my doctor practices?|
|Does the facility have the services I need?|
|Does the facility have a variety of activities I might enjoy?|
|Do residents appear clean and well groomed?|
|Do the residents have the same staff on a daily basis?|
|• Is there enough staff available to assist residents?|
|• Does the staff respond quickly to residents’ calls for help?|
|Does the facility have an active resident and/or family council?|
|Is the facility clean and pleasant?|
|Is the facility certified by Medicare and Medicaid?|
|Are both the facility and current administrator licensed?|
|How much is the cost of care in this facility?|
|• What services are included in this price?|
|• What additional costs will I have to pay?|
Ask to see the facility’s last annual state inspection report.
Did the report find any problems? Ask how the problems were fixed.