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Key Questions to Ask to Help Choose a Care Facility for a Loved One

By Jonathan Marsh, Owner

Key Questions to Choose a Care Facility - Home Helpers of Bradenton

Choosing long-term care for a loved one is never an easy task. Whether you are looking for assisted living, continuous care (where the living facility advances as your loved one’s care needs change), or a nursing home, there are some similar questions you should ask as you visit facilities. A March 2018 article in the Jacksonville Business Journal shared questions to ask when visiting care facilities, to help make your search a little easier. The questions were shared by AARP and former nursing home administrator Maryglenn Boals. Here are just a few of the questions shared in the article:

• Is the facility clean and operating legally?

• Has its license ever been revoked—and if so, why?

• Do residents look as if they have their needs met?

• Do staff and residents treat one another with dignity and respect?

• What training does the staff receive?

• Is someone on duty at all hours of the day, or is there an emergency call service?

• Does the facility have easy access to safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and a sprinkler system?

• Is the facility in good shape?

• What meals are provided? Is meal quality and quantity up to par?

• Does the food suit your loved one’s taste and nutritional requirements?

• Does the facility have good social and recreational programs?

• Is the facility in a good neighborhood, located close to shops and doctors’ offices?

• Is transportation provided, or is public or private transportation easily accessible?

• Does the staff appear to be overworked?

• How do residents spend their afternoon?


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