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Choosing a Place to Call Home

Consider these questions when making a decision

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  • Check the facilities references
  • Talk to residents
  • Is moving in with family a good option?

Location

  • Is it in a safe neighborhood?
  • Is it located near shops, doctors’ offices, places of worship and social contacts?
  • Is it reasonably close to adult children's homes?
  • Is public or private transportation easily accessible?

Policies

  • Are there restrictions on behavior such as smoking and drinking alcohol?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Are guests, including overnighters, welcome?
  • Are there formal visiting hours?
  • How much flexibility is there for mealtimes?
  • In a shared setting, how are responsibilities determined?
  • How does management handle rate increases and discharge policies?

Moving In With Family

  • Will this move cause or solve family problems?
  • If a parent and child are considering living together, can they and the others living in the house get along?
  • Is the space adequate?
  • Is the house equipped for the older adult?
  • Can you give the parent the attention she deserves?
  • Are your lifestyles compatible?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages for all those involved?
  • Are you comfortable with this serious commitment and reasonably sure it will work?

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