TIPS: Choosing long-term care
A checklist of things to look for and questions to ask when choosing long-term care for yourself or a loved one.
- Define your requirements and distinguish between wants and needs. What do you need from a long-term care residence?
- Where should the long-term care residence be located? Is it close to friends and family? Is urban or suburban preferred?
- What is the demeanour of people living there? Speak with residents, visit the facility at different times and on different days. Are residents involved in activities?
- How much can you afford to spend? Find out what is included and what is considered an extra.
- Review the facility's latest inspection report. What are the provisions for safety? How are dangerous substances and medications kept out of reach from residents?
- What is the demeanour of the facility's employees? Are they happy and well-paid? Ask residents about the staff. Find out about certification and medical training.
- Tour the kitchen and ask to review menus. Does the residential care facility provide well-balanced meals? Ask about feeding assistance if your relative requires it.
- What type of activities does the residence run? Do they provide additional programs through communities and volunteer organizations?
- What type of amenities does the residence offer? Some residences offer additional amenities like in-room televisions and music systems.
- Arrange for a trial stay. Many residences permit overnight or short-term stay, and can also be a viable alternative during short-term illnesses or family absence.
Source: The Care Guide for Seniors