5 mistakes to avoid when investigating assisted living options

Editor:  William Kamar
Date: Sept 25th 2016

Finding high quality assisted living can be a difficult task.

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Whether you’re looking for yourself or a loved one, you want to be certain you find the very best home possible for the resources, necessary care level, and location. To help you avoid making a mistake that could lead to misery for everyone involved, we’ve put together a list of the five most common mistakes people make when they’re assessing assisted living facilities.

1) Deciding alone While it’s not as bad to decide without consulting with anyone else if you’re choosing for yourself, anyone searching for assisted living for a loved one should include that loved one in the process. There’s simply no mistake greater, no better way to end up with a result that leaves no one happy.

2) Acting before you understand the finances involved Benefits, expenses and resources - you can’t search earnestly for assisted living options without a thorough understanding of the financial landscape you’re working with. There are quite a few concepts unique to assisted living finance, such as life insurance policy conversions and VA assistance.

3) Searching without understanding the different forms of care available Different seniors require different degrees and types of care. Understanding how care is described and divided when looking at senior living arrangements makes it far easier to choose an appropriate facility. Otherwise, you may end up looking at facilities which are too restrictive or lack in necessary amenities.

4) Deciding in a crisis It’s always best to make major life decisions free of excessive anxiety and pressure. That means deciding on an assisted living option before a major event occurs to force your hand. You don’t want to be forced to choose a facility quickly to stave off a repeat incident; you want to take your time, and pick one that everyone will be satisfied with in the long term.

5) Researching without understanding the specifics of your region State and local laws can have a major impact on the way assisted living facilities operate. Understanding regulations, definitions, and assistance options can mean the difference between a perfect outcome and an uncomfortable fit.