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What qualities do you look for in an assisted living center?

I have started to look for assisted living centers for my mother. Any advice?I just want to be prepared when that time comes.

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The smell of the place. How the other residents look. How employees interact with residents. Any activities done? Talk to other residents and ask questions. See if you can look at other residents room and see how clean it is. Check how employees are doing laundry(example like washing with other residents clothes,etc) you can check this out when visiting. These are just a few examples

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Clean, attentive to the needs of patients, comforting

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From experience. Please keep a check on her and make sure she is being taken care of. No matter what type of place she is in.

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I have worked in case manager, behavioral health, also guardian case management for such cases. I have a vast background in all of these what you are asking. In assisted living alway request a walk through. Pay attention to the patients in the halls and nurse reations. In assisted living you should see happy clients. It's assisted. The clients should still be active. If that's not what you see leave. I've seen my share of awful places. I've seen really good place that don't break the bank also. Do the walk thru. Take you time. Don't just choose from the nice pamphlet they send. Also take notes, come back home, think it over and then make a decision. I hope that helps.

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clean, enough staff, low patient per nurse assistant ratio, low patient to nurse ratio

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Good Evening, it always good to be prepared for the inevitable, its hard for the family one way or the other to make that transition when the time comes, I worked at a few assisted living and in my experiencer basically they are all the same more or less. The question is, if your Mom a out going and like to socialize then the fact that your looking into assisted living now you'll definitely fine some were both of you will like.

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Reputation, Location,Medical Care, Facilities Amenities,Care Staff.

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User in Frisco, TX
May 2, 2017

I would want to near by. Look for a place regarding activities, transportation to the doctors office. Nice dining area and living room for visiting with friends. Sunday church services. Nice size room or apt for your mother. Elevator if she is upstairs. Checking cleaning service and what is the cost. Cost of meals. Look for library and pool if this is something your mother would enjoy. Good Luck!! Sincerely, Ann Fisher McKinney, TX

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My Advice after 15 years of nursing is to not even consider one ! sad but true !

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User in Powell, TN
May 2, 2017

Assisted living means she can live on her own but needs someone available should she need help. Best way to find a place if your mother lives nearby is to go in person and check them out. Let your mom live in her own home as long as she can safely do so.

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Very good qualities.

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My suggestion when moving a loved one to an assisted living facility, do extensive research, meet some of the current residents and make certain the dietary department is suitable for their needs, consider having a part time care giver to check up and to check in with you as well.

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Home care is good , but if you are looking that ,choose the better one for her.

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Cleanliness, good staff (experienced caregivers with compassion) and activities/facilities.

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Clean, compassion, caring

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Check to see what the monthly rate is...Ask WHAT ALL this includes. Many times a person is quoted "$4000" a month, without being told all the amenities are extra. Make SURE you get it in writing before you sign anything also.

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Laura in Garner, NC
Feb. 11, 2018

Set up an appointment to tour the facility. Make sure you don't smell urine walking down the halls. Check out the staff and see if they are friendly and attentive to patients. Check online reviews to make sure they have a good reputation including the Better Business Bureau. And make sure they medically can meet all of your mother's medical needs.

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cleanliness, spacious bedroom, excellent laundry services and healthy meal preparation.

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User in Selden, NY
Oct. 20, 2017

All are just about the same. Whenever and wherever you place her,do not feel that if the institution is costly,it will have better services.You still need to STOP IN unannounced on different days at different times, to keep them on their toes.

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Bring a friend with you. Is the center clean, has nice aroma, orderly; do the residents look comfortable or fearful; are there visible signs of abuse; are the employees respectful to the residents; how many years have the employees, director, and manager been there; how long has the center been in operation under present management; are there outings planned and posted; where are the outings; is transportation provided; would your mother be sharing a room; are meals and snacks provided; what kinds of assistance would your mother need, what is the cost, are there additional charges; are pets permitted, is there an additional charge per month for the pet.

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Marina in Lennox, SD
June 12, 2017

Be aware. Are aids/nurses standing or sitting around. How do they interact with residents? What does it smell like..it can determine cleanliness. Are there aids around when you need them? Single room or shared room?

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Is your mother interested in moving? if not , she could have some one come in & help out around the house . check in on her each day.Care.com can help

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