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Questions to Ask an Assisted Living Facility

Placing a loved one in an assisted living facility (ALF) is not an easy decision, but it can have serious consequences in the long term. Most likely, you don't have much experience dealing with assisted living facilities, so here are some helpful questions you may wish to ask while you search for the right home for your retired senior citizen.

  • Is this the correct type of facility?
    Most people hear about "rest homes" and "retirement communities" without realizing that these facilities perform different functions. An assisted living facility provides a moderate level of medical supervision; if your loved one is suffering from a serious illness, like advanced Alzheimer's disease, you will need the more skilled care provided by a nursing home. There are other types of homes you should know about. A hospice is a center for the terminally ill; a convalescent home specializes in persons recovering from serious illness.

  • Are you licensed?
    Though unlicensed homes are out there, you should ideally choose a facility licensed by the state.

  • What are the payment options?
    Assisted living facilities can be expensive. Medicaid and Medicare can cover some costs, but usually not all. If your loved one is a veteran, they may qualify for aid from programs administered by the Veterans Health Administration.

  • What kind of housing do you have?
    Assisted living facilities usually provide a separate apartment for each senior, but others have communal sleeping spaces.

  • How many nurses do you have on staff?
    Keep in mind that, unlike nursing homes and hospitals, ALFs usually do not have nurses around 24 hours a day.

  • What kind of social activities do you provide?
    Some ALFs attempt to foster a sense of community and dignified adult living, others are more impersonal. They can also differ in the degree of independent living afforded to its elderly residents.
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    STANDARD LISTINGS:   ASSISTED-LIVING-FACILITIES IN/NEAR LANCASTER
    The Gardens At Park Balboa
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    7046 Kester Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91405
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    "The staff are friendly and the place is home like and welcoming. ..."
    Bella Rosa Pl Assisted Living Write review for this local business
    22806 Califa St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
    (818) 625-0517  
    Assisted living, senior, elderly, residential care facility. We offer private and semi-private rooms (no more than 2 residents per room) with the option of fully furnished rooms or personalized ones.
    Beechnut Boarding Care Write review for this local business
    1407 South Sunset Ave, West Covina, CA 91790
    (626) 665-6069  
    We provide 24 hour assisted living for elderly. Come see our facility for more info on the treatment your loved ones will receive.
    Excellent Home Care Write review for this local business
    44148 12th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534
    (661) 949-3740  
    The Senior Living Paradise Write review for this local business
    1611 West Avenue P6, Palmdale, CA 93551
    (805) 236-2233  
    Dimel Palace Board & Care Facility for Elderly Write review for this local business
    37221 Newbury Pl, Palmdale, CA 93552
    (661) 285-1358  
    Sarah's Care Home Write review for this local business
    43861 Ryckebosch Ln, Lancaster, CA 93535
    (661) 946-0198  
    Choice Homecare Write review for this local business
    343 E Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale, CA 93550
    (661) 224-1733  
    Prestige Assisted Living At Lancaster Write review for this local business
    43454 30th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536
    (661) 949-2177  
    Mayflower Gardens Write review for this local business
    42011 67th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536
    (661) 943-5789  
    Canfield Adult Residential Facility Write review for this local business
    39441 140th St E, Palmdale, CA 93591
    (661) 264-1589  
    Sunflower Place Write review for this local business
    10022 E Avenue Q14, Littlerock, CA 93543
    (661) 944-4980  
    Mulberry Place Assisted Living Executive Offices Write review for this local business
    26912 Whitehorse Pl, Canyon Country, CA 91387
    (661) 299-5624  
    Trudez Home Care Write review for this local business
    15516 El Cajon St, Sylmar, CA 91342
    (818) 381-3449  
    Scv Homemakers & Personal Attendants Write review for this local business
    18966 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country, CA 91351
    (818) 344-1127  
    Cedarcreek Villa Assisted Living Write review for this local business
    20237 Cedarcreek St, Canyon Country, CA 91351
    (661) 360-9858  
    Abbey Road Villa Write review for this local business
    14132 Hubbard St, Sylmar, CA 91342
    (818) 837-0077  
    Mary Jane's Home Inc Write review for this local business
    24352 Cheryl Kelton Pl, Newhall, CA 91321
    (661) 259-4624  
    Sun Garden Manor Write review for this local business
    10117 Tujunga Canyon Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042
    (818) 352-3291  
    In Home Care SoCal Write review for this local business
    4828 Balboa Ave, Encino, CA 91321
    (818) 571-9841  

    From programs to medication administration, assisted living facilities provide many vital services to retired folks and those suffering from disabilities. Such homes may cater to patients with Alzheimer’s or veterans, along with younger adults with handicaps. Insurance acceptance may vary from facility to facility. Family members of loved ones can find this information and more when they contact a facility in their area.

    Convalescent homes allow independent citizens to rest and relax, while having all their daily needs met, whether that requires near complete independence or assistance with personal grooming and therapy. Assisted living facilities offer apartment-style or home-like atmospheres where senior retirement patients can feel safe and cared for.

    They may offer regular programs and activities for elders designed to entertainment residents or meet basic needs. Skilled nurses are one main component of assisted living facilities, providing necessary medical care, along with day-to-day health care assistance. Physical and occupational therapists are another component. These therapists can help patients restore function in their arms or legs, for instance, enhancing quality of life outside of a hospital setting. They may focus on gross motor skills or fine motor skills, depending on the individual.

    When visiting assisted living housing centers, you can expect to be greeted by a receptionist, who can advise on services offered and set you up for a tour. Nursing home administrators can meet with you to tour the facility, pointing out qualified professionals who will be a part of your loved one’s life. Some are geared more towards senior citizens, such as within nursing homes, while others are geared more toward long term care for young adults within a community home setting. There will be applications to fill out, insurance information requirements and more during this process, depending on what type of health care is needed, such as hospice.



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