When it comes to living arrangements, senior citizens have many options. They can choose independent retirement communities, assisted independent communities, at-home assisted living, at-home care, live-in nursing homes, and more. While having so many choices to consider can be beneficial, it can also make the search more confusing.
Identifying the right living arrangement for your loved one can be much easier if you know ahead of time the things to look for and the important questions to ask. Here are a number of considerations when evaluating a living arrangement:
- Make sure the facility you are evaluating is licensed.
- Ensure that the facility is financially stable.
- Get referrals from people who have previously conducted such a search.
- Visit the facility to assess the accommodations and the staff.
- Ask for the opinions of current residents.
- Consider whether or not it can meet your loved one’s current and future needs.
- Ask about payment options (including Medicaid).
Asking these questions will help you find the right living arrangement for your loved one. It is, however, important for you to discuss your choice with your elder law attorney, since nursing home and assisted living contracts can contain unwelcome surprises.