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By Patricia OíDea-Evans, MS, RN, LCPC, CCM
Although a lot of research can be done over the
phone and online, nothing can replace a first-hand
visit to a potential new home. On-site visits are
great opportunities to not only look around, but to
also chat with residents about what they like (and
donít like) about living there. Seniors and
their loved ones should ask current residents and
staff as many questions as possible, so there are no
surprises if the older adult, in fact, decides to
When visiting a potential new home, here are some
specific things to observe:
- Is it clean and well maintained?
- Is the atmosphere warm and friendly?
- Are the units attractive?
- Does the food in the dining room look and
taste good, and are meals well balanced?
- Are activities scheduled that will interest
An on-site visit is also a good chance to meet
the staff. Because they are responsible for
residentsí daily care, everyone should be completely
comfortable with them, and the services they
provide. When evaluating the staff, consider this:
- Is everyone friendly, caring, and
- Do they assist with medication taking,
storage, and reminders?
- Do they provide an initial assessment of a
potential residentís needs?
- Once someone moves in, are the residentís
needs periodically reassessed?
- Are medical care providers available to
- How does the community keep families
informed about care?