Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

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How to Choose the Right Facility

Choosing a long-term care facility for your loved one is hard. There are so many things to consider, including cost, location, amenities and more. Perhaps the most important thing to consider, though, is the risk of assisted living abuse and neglect. We’ve helped many families when the worst happened, and we want to help you take proactive steps to keep your loved one safe. Here are a few tips on choosing the right assisted living facility from the experienced attorneys at Braswell Murphy, LLC.

What to Look For

Take a look at the premises. Is the facility clean or dirty? Are the walkways kept clear or are they cluttered with debris? Does the building have modern lighting, and is it well maintained? In particular, you’re looking for safety issues such as trip hazards – assisted living facilities need to be proactive about preventing falls. More generally, if the staff aren’t taking care of the facility, how well do you think they take care of the residents?

Pay attention to the staff. Does the facility look like it’s adequately staffed? Do the staff members appear awake and alert or tired and stressed? Understaffing is a factor in many assisted living abuse and neglect cases. When staff are overworked or facilities are scrambling to fill jobs, the risk of abuse increases.

Talk to the management. Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions about things like safety protocols, medical emergencies and procedures for handling allegations of abuse and neglect. It’s also worth paying attention to whether supervisors are actually working in the facility and interacting with residents, or hiding in their offices while entry-level staff do the actual work – this could betray a serious lack of supervision or leadership.

Ask residents about their experience. Most people in assisted living facilities are more than happy to talk about what they like about living there. Again, don’t be afraid to ask hard questions. You’re helping to make a decision that could impact your loved one for the rest of his or her life.

Do your homework. Research the facility and look for any reports or allegations of abuse or neglect. Some facilities are very good at making things seem OK on the surface, but looking at their record will tell you a different story entirely.

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