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How to choose an assisted living facility

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Ask important questions
Ask important questions

You'll also want to speak with the staff. Come armed with a list of questions, and don't be afraid to demand answers.

For starters, ask if it is licensed to do business as an assisted care center, and follow up with the state health department to confirm. Find out what security it provides for residents and whether there is a doctor on-site. Can your current medical provider continue to monitor your care? What is the policy on pet visitation? Can you bring personal belongings to the facility? Is there an elevator?

"Ask to see an activities schedule to be sure they're really doing things with their residents," says Drelich.

Find out, too, what rehabilitation services they provide. Are physical, speech and occupational therapists available to help residents regain mobility and perform everyday tasks? If not, is transportation available to get you to and from your specialists in the community?

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