Tips For Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility

Take this checklist with you as you visit and evaluate potential long-term care facilities.

  • Is this home licensed and accredited by the state board of health?
  • Ask to see last health department survey report. Are there few or no deficiencies in the report?
  • Do you sense that there is enough staff available to care for the residents?
  • Does the staff respond well to you? Do they respond well to the residents?
  • Are there multiple levels of care available in the facility?
  • Are arrangements made for dental, foot, and eye care?
  • Does the facility do personal laundry?
  • Are personal routines respected?
  • Do the residents you see look content and well cared for?
  • Is there an unpleasant odor?
  • Are residents lively and alert or do they appear listless?
  • Are there windows in all of the bedrooms?
  • Are there activities going on to keep residents occupied?
  • Are there more than two beds to a room?
  • Is there Physical Therapy? Occupational Therapy? Recreational Therapy?
  • What is the cost? More expensive is not always an indicator of better care.
  • Does this home accept Medicaid?
  • If the resident leaves are any deposit monies returned?
  • If the patient should need to go to the hospital will the bed be held?
The Bradley Home and Pavilion
320 Colony Street, Meriden, Connecticut 06451
Tel. 203.235.5716  |  Fax 203.235.1440