One of the best ways to determine if an assisted living facility is right for you is to speak to people who live there. You can go online or have a loved one search for various reviews to get a general sense of the facility, but when you are considering assisted living, there is no better source than speaking directly to current residence.
The limitations of online reviews with regard to assisted living.
Online reviews are still relatively new to many people. This means that you may only see reviews from people who are absolutely thrilled with a particular facility or community or those who had horrible experiences and feel that they want to share that with others.
Neither of these are going to provide you with a general idea about what the assisted living facility is like for residents who live there. The best way to get real feedback about assisted living is to sit down and speak with residents who currently live there.
This may be challenging, depending on the policies of the facility. If the administration allows you to spend time with some of the residents, such as visiting the common areas, then take the opportunity to ask some specific questions that will give you a better sense of this location.
Moving into assisted living can be beneficial for many reasons. Choosing the right facility for you and your preferences is vital to maximizing your enjoyment while living there.
Some questions you may want to consider asking residents at an assisted living facility are:
How do you like your room? Is there anything that you like most about it? Is there anything that you wish was different about your room?
Is the staff here responsive to your needs? Are they friendly?
What do you like most about living here?
What do you like least about living here?
Are there activities that you enjoy offered here?
What is your impression of other residents here? Are they friendly? Is it easy to make new friends here?
How is the food?
Is the transportation reliable?
How long have you been living here?
You may also want to ask about the responsiveness to certain health questions or concerns. Moving into an assisted living community means that you might require some assistance from time to time. If you have health concerns, you also want to make sure that the staff will address them in a timely manner.
Asking some of these questions can help you get true and honest feedback about the assisted living facility you are considering moving to.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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