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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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    "I highly recommend this facility. Its clean, happy environment and highly professonal and caring health team is a welcome beacon for retirement. ..."
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    Use us to get free quotes from pre-screened assisted-living-facilities in or near Santa Barbara. Our services get you estimates from several Assisted Living so you don't have to waste time searching Santa Barbara.
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    If you provide assisted living facilities for elderly clients, you should become a member of our prestigious association. Making sure clients know you are a great choice to care for their loved ones.
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    If you offer any assisted living services or a facility, you can become a member of our association. Providing elderly care businesses with additional resources and promotional services.
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    STANDARD LISTINGS:   ASSISTED-LIVING-FACILITIES IN/NEAR SANTA BARBARA
    An Everlasting Spring Write review for this local business
    189 Venus Street, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
    (805) 300-8707  
    An Everlasting Spring provides a higher level of 24-hour assisted living care to seniors, in four well-appointed homes in a quiet residential neighborhood. Adult & elderly care, nutrition & exercise.
    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.
    The Gardens At Park Balboa
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    7046 Kester Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91405
    (818) 787-0462 Write review for this local business

    "The staff are friendly and the place is home like and welcoming. ..."
    Villa Santa Barbara Retirement Residence Write review for this local business
    227 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 963-4428  
    Barclay The Write review for this local business
    1812 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 569-0878  
    Senior Living Consultants Write review for this local business
    18 W Micheltorena St Ste C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 963-6045  
    SeniorAdvisor.com Write review for this local business
    7756 Northcross Dr, Suite 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (206) 802-1495  
    Senior Helpers Write review for this local business
    525 E Micheltorena St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
    (805) 966-7100  
    Villa Riviera Write review for this local business
    1621 Grand Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
    (805) 568-5840  
    Casa Omega Write review for this local business
    310 Camino Del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    (805) 967-2014  
    Villa Blanca II Write review for this local business
    570 Ronda Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
    (805) 681-0405  
    Samarkand Write review for this local business
    2550 Treasure Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 687-0701  
    Wood Glen Hall Write review for this local business
    3010 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 687-8331  
    Valle Verde Write review for this local business
    900 Calle De Los Amigos, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 883-4000  
    McFarland Efale Write review for this local business
    2324 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 687-4646  
    Elms Residential Home Care Write review for this local business
    67 E Barnett St, Ventura, CA 93001
    (805) 643-2176  
    Villa Blanca LLC Write review for this local business
    6272 Avenida Ganso, Goleta, CA 93117
    (805) 683-2000  
    Genesis Developmental Write review for this local business
    7300 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
    (805) 968-5360  
    Autumn Years At Ojai Valley Write review for this local business
    158 Rockaway Rd, Oak View, CA 93022
    (805) 649-5143  
    At Home In Ojai Write review for this local business
    225 N Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 646-2402  

    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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