If you have decided it’s time to move to a retirement home or you are just thinking about it, there are some practical steps you can take to help make choosing the right home a lot easier. Investigating each elder care facility you are thinking about does not take a lot of effort, but you will want to have a plan in place. Here are several tips you can use to help get you started.
Make several visits.
Start by creating a list of all the retirement homes you think match your needs and budget. Next, it’s good to visit with each of those homes, preferably on different days. After visiting all the facilities on your list you should then highlight the ones you like and follow up your initial visits with unscheduled visits. Show up once or twice, and try to make your unannounced visits at mealtime so you can sample the food.
Bring friends or family.
When you visit a retirement center you should also bring one or more trusted friends or family members with you. After you leave the facility, write down notes about your impressions and ask your friends or family to do the same. Then, after you’ve all written down your thoughts you can compare your individual observations.
Talk to your lawyer.
If you’re close to making a decision on an individual facility you should always ask to review the rental contract prior to signing any documentation. Bring this contract to your elder care attorney for review.