Need a Second Opinion on a Senior Community?

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 17 January 2013

If only there were a list of the best and worst places: until then, here are a few simple ways to investigate and evaluate a senior care provider.  There’s no doubt about it: choosing a senior care provider — assisted living, independent living, Alzheimer’s care, home health, skilled nursing — is a big decision. You want your family member to have the best care in the best possible place. You want a community where your loved one will thrive. These are reasonable expectations, but how do you find the right fit?

If only there were a list of the best and worst places to inform this life-changing choice…

It would be nearly impossible to compile such a list, since senior living communities are constantly changing due to normal staff and management turnover, new regulations from the state that impact operations, the economy, and other outside forces which are often beyond their control. However, there are ways that you can investigate and evaluate a care provider or community on your own. Here are a few simple tips:

  1. Follow their social media accounts. Like so many businesses, many senior care providers have a social media presence. This is a great way to learn more about the company and their approach to care, and get a sense of their reputation without leaving your home.
  2. Take a tour (or two). Once you have chosen a community of interest, schedule at least one in-person tour before signing on the dotted line. Get tour tips here.
  3. Ask around. Word-of-mouth referrals, for better or worse, can be quite informative. Take their advice with a grain of salt though; what’s right for you may not have been right for them (and vice versa).



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