Tips for Choosing a Facility:
As you begin comparing communities, take time to weigh which factors are most important to you and your family. Bring this checklist along 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?
- 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?