Spring a surprise visit
You should also start by researching assisted living facilities in your area and getting recommendations from people you trust.
"Ask friends and relatives who are already in other facilities for their opinion," says Drelich.
The Internet can be useful for basic information, including prices and photos, but you won't get a feel for what it's really like to live there until you visit the property in person.
"Either ask if you can visit unannounced or schedule a tour," says Drelich. "And stay for a meal in the dining room if you can so you can experience the quality of the food, which becomes very important to older people."
During your visit, pay attention to cleanliness, how the staff interacts with the residents and whether the rooms appear to be comfortable.