Choosing to move into an assisted living community is a significant life change, and finding a community that meets your needs can be overwhelming and stressful.
With approximately 28,900 assisted living communities with nearly 1 million licensed beds in the United States, finding the right community can take a lot of time and effort. Whether you’re looking for yourself or a loved one, you want to ensure you have all the information needed to choose the right community.
Once you have a list of assisted living communities you would like to visit, you’ll want to set up in-person tours. Take a trusted family member or friend for a second set of eyes and ears.
To make the most of your time, here’s what to look for when touring assisted living communities.
Having friendly, compassionate, and qualified staff is one of the most important things for the success of a high-quality assisted living community.
During your tour, get answers to the following staff-related questions:
More importantly, make the following observations:
Use your instincts if you don’t get a good feeling about the staff. This may not be the assisted living community for you.
The safety of residents should be apparent during your tour. Look for the following safety features throughout the community and resident apartments.
During your tour, make sure the community is clean. Do you see staff sweeping, moping, and cleaning the community? Pay special attention to bathrooms, living spaces, and dining areas. Amenities such as fitness centers, activity rooms, outdoor grounds, and common areas should be clean and inviting.
Assisted living communities should have a variety of dining options that meet resident preferences and needs. Ask if you can enjoy a meal to assess the food’s quality and nutritional value. Assisted living communities like Notre Dame Health Care provide residents with expertly prepared fresh and healthy food options daily.
Introduce yourself to residents. Ask to observe a few activities and events. Are residents socializing with one another throughout the community? Are they participating in activities? Are they happy to talk with you?
This will be your or your loved one’s new home, and you want to ensure you’ll be welcomed in a community of your peers.
If you haven’t already. Set up a few tours of assisted living communities in your area.
Contact the friendly staff at Notre Dame Healthcare to set up a tour or for more information on assisted living.
Notre Dame Health Care (NDHC) offers a range of post-acute programs and services to the community, including an Assisted Living Residence; Adult & Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care; Post-Acute Recuperation; Short-Term Rehabilitation; Skilled Nursing and traditional Long Term Care; Specialized Memory Care; and an educational resource center which serves our employees and community. We embrace the individuality, spirituality, and wholeness of each member of our community, including our residents, patients, families, volunteers, and staff.
Notre Dame Health Care is proudly non-profit and honored to carry on the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to care for the sick and vulnerable and to educate for life through our NDHC Educational Bridge Center.
Notre Dame Health Care,
555-559 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605