Assisted Living — 4 Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

Are you considering assisted living for yourself or a loved one? Here are some tips to help you with this difficult decision

Making the move to assisted living is a difficult decision for all concerned. Whether you need to make the move for yourself or a loved one, here are some tips to help you make the right decision and one you can feel good about.

Tip #1 — Check regulation

Independently owned and operated, most assisted living homes aren’t regulated by the national government. Because of this, the national government doesn’t intervene and regulation can be hit and miss. To some extent, regulation occurs at the state level, but it varies from state to state.

While most people are wary of government regulated facilities and programs, in some instances they are good for the protection of the residents. Before you choose a home for yourself or a loved one, check the facility’s regulation policies. Check how often they are regulated and what are their standards.

Tip #2 — Price shop

The cost of an assisted living facility varies widely depending on location, but the average cost is around $2,650 to $3,500 per month. Other factors such as size of room, meals and snacks, level of assistance needed, other personal hygiene items, and medications add to the cost.

Check each facility you are considering and compare what each one offers for their price. Make a list of your priorities. For instance, daily assistance with bathing and medication may be required, but you can forego snacks or adding in the cost of personal items. By selecting the level of assistance you need and cutting out frills, you can save money.

Tip #3 — Is assisted living really necessary?

Assisted living is not for the elderly who require around the clock medical care and supervision. However, if you or your loved one is 60 years or older and in need of some supervision but not 24-hour medical care, it may be a good fit for you.

Assisted living facilities are also for those who need a little help during the day and would also appreciate the company and fellowship of others their age. These facilities help keep elderly people active with projects, crafts, and activities that the residents enjoy.

Tip #4 — Perform background checks

On the surface, a facility may look great. But, before you make any final decisions, check with local authorities for complaints or lawsuits. Also, inquire as to whether or not the employees have background checks run on them and what level of training they are required to have.

When making difficult decisions regarding elderly loved ones, make sure you do your research on many facilities and do background checks as well. Keep a list of what each facility has to offer and make the best choice for assisted living for yourself and loved ones.