Questions to keep in mind when touring senior living facilities
Touring senior living facilities is a critical step when considering options for senior care. There are many questions you could ask when touring a facility, and they may cover topics such as:
- Financial details, eligibility, and move-in logistics.
- Services, programs, and activities.
- Staffing and assistance options.
- Transportation options for residents who are unable to drive.
- Dining options: facilities, meal plans, delivery options.
- Features of the individual living spaces.
- What is included in the base fees, and what requires additional charges.
Here are examples of some questions you may want to ask during your tour:
- What are the staff-to-resident, and caregiver-to-resident ratios?
- What is the training and experience of the staff?
- What is the schedule for meals and activities?
- Can residents bring their furniture or belongings?
- How are medical emergencies handled?
- What safety and security measures are in place?
- What is the visitor policy?
- What social activities are provided, such as field trips, clubs, classes, or entertainment?
- How are fees structured, given the varied needs of each resident?
- Are there any additional fees or costs that are not included in the base price?
- What levels of care are available, and what specific tasks does each provide?
- What is the process for requesting additional care when it becomes necessary?
- What is the travel distance from this facility to shopping, entertainment, medical facilities, etc., and is transportation available?
Another critical aspect of an in-person tour is paying attention to the general atmosphere of the facility. You’ll want to observe the friendliness of the staff, levels of cleanliness, and the overall feel of the place. Don’t hesitate to ask follow-up questions or to request more information to ensure that the facility is a good fit for your needs or the needs of your loved one.
When you’re ready to learn more about the many exciting senior living options available in Seattle and surrounding areas, contact us to speak with one of our knowledgeable Senior Living Advisors. When we arrange tours for our clients, we’re happy to accompany you and prepare a list of questions in advance.