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Family Friendly Facilities: The Only
Way to Go
By Michael Brodie
In most cases, when we think of care
facilities, we imagine the building and maybe the layout
and people we might encounter there. But what will let
you know if this is a caregiver and family friendly
facility. Below are some key items to look for and ask
about when interviewing facilities.
No restrictions on visiting hours, day or night, as long
as the resident agrees, and no other residents are
The facility has no objection to providing a cot for
relatives, especially for out-of-town visitors, to stay
overnight in their loved one's room.
Families are able to take their loved ones out of the
facility without bureaucratic difficulty, and the
facility should sponsor frequent activities which
attract family members to the facility.
Families are allowed and encouraged to join their loved
ones for meals in the dining area.
Family celebrations should be encouraged and assisted by
the facility (celebration of birthdays, anniversaries,
religious and national holidays) and parties
Children are welcome, accommodated and encouraged to
visit. There is a playground, booster seats in the
dining area and a children's menu.
Counseling and support groups are offered to families to
help with problems and difficulties of transition to and
within a facility.
Facility newsletters are available to visitors in the
lobby and easily located.