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3 Factors You Should Look At When Choosing An Assisted Living Facility

When you are looking for assisted living facilities for either yourself or for your loved one, you will want to make sure that it is as perfect for that person as possible. Most people focus exclusively on cost and location when they choose a facility, but this can result in an imperfect match. In order to make sure that you or your loved one is comfortable at an advanced age, check these three factors before committing to a facility.

1. Check the Noise Level

Many elderly people have a hard time with higher noise levels. If you inadvertently have a person put into an assisted living facility that is very noisy, that person will be miserable. Request to visit the facility at several different times during the day. Check at least once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening, just before a person would go to sleep. Make sure that the noise level is acceptable at every point during your visit, or that there is a quiet place where a resident could a retire if the noise level becomes too much. This is a small factor, but will be critical in making sure that a potential resident is comfortable.

2. Look at the Hygiene of the Residents

Many people at an assisted living facility will have a harder time performing activities of daily living, such as washing themselves or cutting their nails. If everyone you see at the facility appears to be well-groomed, then you can feel secure that the staff at the facility is attentive and is willing to make sure that the living standards of the residents remains high. If residents are dressed in dirty clothes or haven't bathed for awhile, then you might want to consider looking elsewhere.

3. Eat a Meal While Visiting

Having food that you don't like every day can be miserable. You want to make sure that you or your loved one will find the food at an assisted living facility palatable. Eat a meal there to see what the quality of the food is like. Ask questions about substitutions that could be made for health reasons, or if a resident simply doesn't like what is being offered for a meal. By making sure that there are good food options available, you can be sure that you or your loved one will not go hungry. 

For more information, visit an assisted living facility and talk to the residents and staff there.