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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 SOUTHWICK
    Thrive At Home LLC Write review for this local business
    250 Main St S, Southbury, CT 06488
    (203) 264-6664  
    Thrive at Home is your one stop source for assisted living products and services that allow you to enjoy the freedom and safety of living in your own home. Maintain your lifestyle and dignity, while getting the help you need.
    Benchmark Assisted Living
    1 review: *****
    340 May St, Worcester, MA 01602
    (508) 755-7277 Write review for this local business

    "could be a very nice place to put parents if staffing was up ..."
    Emeritus at Colonie Manor
    1 review: *****
    626 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham, NY 12110
    (518) 304-1088 Write review for this local business

    "My mom was in really bad shape. Do NOT bring your loved one here, a dangerous place. ..."
    Suffield by The River Write review for this local business
    7 Canal Rd Ste 1, Suffield, CT 06078
    (860) 668-6672  
    Heritage Woods Write review for this local business
    462 Main St, Agawam, MA 01001
    (413) 786-9704  
    Arbors At Westfield Write review for this local business
    40 Court St, Westfield, MA 01085
    (413) 562-0001  
    Benchmark Assisted Living Write review for this local business
    153 Cardinal Dr, Agawam, MA 01001
    (413) 821-9563  
    Manor Renaissance Write review for this local business
    37 Feeding Hills Rd, Westfield, MA 01085
    (413) 568-1913  
    Armbrook Village Write review for this local business
    22 Washington St, Westfield, MA 01085
    (413) 568-0000  
    Landmark At Monastery Heights Assisted Living The Write review for this local business
    110 Monastery Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089
    (413) 781-1282  
    Mason Wright Write review for this local business
    74 Walnut St, Springfield, MA 01105
    (413) 732-5469  
    Jewish Geriatric Services Inc Write review for this local business
    770 Converse St, Longmeadow, MA 01106
    (413) 567-6211  
    Saint Luke's Home Write review for this local business
    85 Spring St, Springfield, MA 01105
    (413) 736-5494  
    Ruth's House Assisted Living Write review for this local business
    780 Converse St Ste 2, Longmeadow, MA 01106
    (413) 567-6212  
    Ruth's House Write review for this local business
    770 Converse St, Longmeadow, MA 01106
    (413) 567-6212  
    Glenmeadow Write review for this local business
    24 Tabor Xing Ste D34, Longmeadow, MA 01106
    (413) 567-7800  
    Beaven Kelly Home Write review for this local business
    25 Brightside Dr, Holyoke, MA 01040
    (413) 532-4892  
    Sarawood Retirement Home Write review for this local business
    1 Loomis Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040
    (413) 532-7879  
    Duncaster Retirement Community Write review for this local business
    40 Loeffler Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002
    (860) 726-2000  
    Arbors At Chicopee The Write review for this local business
    929 Memorial Dr, Chicopee, MA 01020
    (413) 593-0088  

    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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