Three Key Things to Consider when Looking for an Assisted Living Facility

With the effects of Alzheimer’s disease often requiring special care, it is highly likely that the number of families that must turn to a Skilled Nursing Facility (or nursing home) will rise. In searching for a facility for your loved one, there are many things to consider. Here are three key things that you should keep in mind:

Researching a Skilled Nursing Facility1. Research Facilities In Advance

Before visiting a specific facility, do your research. Visit sites such as and the Georgia Department of Community Health to review facility ratings and reports. Look closely at the numbers of complaints and violations if there are any.

2. Visit the Facility

After carefully researching the facilities and determining which ones may best meet the care needs of your loved one, set up an appointment to visit. This can easily be done through calling or emailing the facility to schedule a tour and meet with an onsite administrator. Make sure that you observe the residents, the employees, and the overall environment while visiting.

3. Ask Questions

It is wise to be prepared with questions before visiting a facility. Think about what you would like to ask the manager, the healthcare providers, and even the residents. The National Institute on Aging provides several suggested questions. This is a big decision, and it is important to investigate all angles.

While researching and visiting facilities, it is important to be aware of any signs of nursing home neglect or elder abuse. You will want to make sure that you address any questions or concerns that you have regarding any potential warning signs in this area. It may also be helpful to consult with a lawyer that is familiar with cases of nursing home neglect or abuse prior to visiting a facility and before agreeing to admit a family member. At Brownstein & Nguyen, we have years of experience in dealing with the difficult situations that arise in cases of nursing home neglect and elder abuse. Call or contact us today so that we can help you.