Does a facility meet your needs?
Geriatric care managers also complete a needs assessment, she says, and seek alternatives to assisted living centers that are appropriate for the client. That may include staying at home and paying for in-home senior care.
Picking an assisted living facility is an important -- and pricey -- proposition.
Ultimately, the right fit comes down to whether it falls within your budget, meets your long-term needs and feels like home.
"People really need to spend a little time visiting the property, and figure out whether they're comfortable," says Modigliani. "Take a good look at the activities options and speak to as many people as possible. Are these the people you want to be having meals with on a regular basis?"
If not, it may be best to keep looking.