How to choose an assisted living facility

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One offers an active social program. The other provides support services that enable you to age in place. A third is the most budget-friendly, but it’s an hour away from family and friends.

When it comes to selecting an assisted living facility, there’s no shortage of options from which to choose.

To find the best fit, you’ll have to decide where your priorities lie, ask the right questions and be honest with yourself about the level of care you may need as you continue to age.

“Price is important, but it’s not the end all,” says Debbie Drelich, founder and president of New York Elder Care Consultants LLC. “It helps to get as much information as you can.”

First, she says, determine what type of property you’d prefer — and what your budget will allow.

High-end facilities, for example, offer a luxury lifestyle for those with deep pockets, complete with day spas and restaurant-caliber dining. Others focus on residents with cognitive impairment. And some emphasize independent living with flexible meal times and single-family cottages.

Seniors who like to be social, on the other hand, might do best in a housing facility that offers a robust schedule of activities, says Drelich.

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