Your walkthrough of an elder care facility is important for determining if it’s the right place for your elderly loved one.
You should also ask several important questions like:
- Are there wheel chair ramps?
- Is there an exercise or activity room?
- Are there any unpleasant odors?
- Are there outdoor areas where residents can walk or sit?
- Is smoking allowed?
- Are all facilities air-conditioned?
- Do rooms have windows?
- Are married couples allowed to share a room?
- Are wheelchair ramps easily accessible?
- Are the grounds well maintained?
- Are there curtains or screens for privacy in rooms with more than one resident?
- Are the rooms kept at a comfortable temperature?
- Can residents adjust the temperature of their own rooms?
- Are residents allowed to bring their own furniture?
- Are there ample storage, rooms or spaces?
- Is there an evacuation plan posted?
- What kind of medical supervision is offered?
- Are there any personal or beauty services offered?
- How do residents and staff interact?
- Are there any language barriers between residents and staff?
- How often are social activities scheduled?
- Are fire exits clearly marked?
- Is the food well-presented and appetizing?
- Is the down payment refundable if the resident passes away or moves?
- What responsibilities do family members have in assisting with payment obligations?
If you are thinking about moving your elderly loved one into a care facility. It is a good idea to consult with an elder law attorney to answer questions about how this will be financed and to address any concerns associated with Medicaid.