How to choose an assisted living facility
What about transportation services?
According to Nancy Thompson, a spokeswoman for AARP, many seniors overlook the importance of transportation when comparing assisted living communities.
That serene setting in horse country may lose its luster when you are no longer comfortable behind the wheel of a car.
"At some point, people outlive their driving years, so it's important wherever you choose to live that it be someplace that won't confine you," says Thompson. "Will you be able to maintain ties to the important people in your life? Will you be able to keep your doctor or continue attending your house of worship?"
Many facilities lease or own their own vans, which are used to transport residents to recreational outings and for weekly trips to the shopping mall. Some charge extra for trips to doctor appointments, though, so be sure to inquire about costs.