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Selecting a Reliable Assisted Living Facility for Your Beloved

As you begin your search for an assisted living facility, don’t be get overwhelmed by all the choices. Take note, amenities are not half as important as the staff and residents. It’s the people who will really make any place worth staying in, and that includes assisted living facilities.

Below are the most salient points to look into as you select an assisted living facility for your beloved:

Staffing
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To be sure that your loved one will get the right care and attention, you have to know the facility’s staffing levels and workload. How many staff members, for instance, are directly dealing with the residents? How many people would be working at a time? What exactly are their duties on such times–do they have time to mingle with residents? Are there registered nurses in the facility? What are the differences between staffing patterns during daytime and nighttime? What happens in the event that a staff member couldn’t come to work–will someone else cover for them?
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Other Considerations

There are, of course, other points to consider when selecting an assisted living facility. The most important has got to be the resident’s safety and comfort. Although the facility has to be clean and well-maintained, you shouldn’t put too much emphasis on outward appeal, like chic furnishings, gourmet meals, etc. Bottom line is your loved one must feel at home in the place, having enough recreational activities to enjoy with fellow residents, eating nutritious and appealing food, and getting the right type of care and attention as needed. Don’t forget to verify if the facility is complying with state and local licensing requirements, and if they have any complaints lodged against them at the Better Business Bureau.

Evaluating Assisted Living Facility Costs

In reviewing assisted living as an option, cost is generally a main consideration, particularly because most of it will likely be covered by the resident himself or his family. Expect to pay approximately $800 to $4,000 monthly, maybe more, depending on where you live. This is going to be one huge investment, so don’t rush into creating a budget as well as prioritizing your loved one’s needs.

In the U.S., Medicare does not cover assisted living costs. Sometimes, small portion of assisted living costs may be covered by Medicaid, the government’s health insurance system for the financially needy. In addition, there are certain board and care homes that will take accept Supplemental Security income as payment. But in general, a limited amount of assisted living facilities will accept these programs due to the lower rates they receive. Special populations such as veterans could have access to VA-approved board and care homes, or veterans’ homes where a continuum of care is provided.