Tips for Choosing a Personal Care Facility

May 31, 2011

Deciding when your loved one requires the additional care of a personal care/assisted living facility is never easy, but it helps to know what you're looking for and what makes one place a better fit than another.

Brian Hortert, CEO at Concordia of the South Hills, has over 20 years experience in personal care, and has had the opportunity to observe many facilities.

Hortert offered the following 10 questions to ask when choosing an personal care facility:

1. Is the staff qualified and trained for the position they are in?

2. Does the facility provide a clean, home-like atmosphere?

3. Are there medical personnel available for emergencies?

4. Does the facility provide a variety of activities to meet social needs?

5. Is the facility able to meet the spiritual needs of each resident?

6. Is the staff attentive to the needs of each resident?

7. Does the facility provide a variety of mealtime options?

8. Are the costs and services clearly explained and defined?

9. Will the resident be able to remain in the facility when their resources are depleted?

10. If there is a problem or concern, is there someone to go to for answers?

He also mentioned it is important to visit the facility before choosing, especially during off shifts. Speaking with staff and an administrator can also help clear the air.

"There are so many things going through your mind when looking for a facility that's a good fit for you or a loved one," Hortert said, "It's easy to feel overwhelmed, so it's important to do your homework."

For more information on Concordia's personal care/assisted living services, contact an admissions counselor toll free at 1.888.352.1571, visit our website or e-mail here.

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