10 Questions You Must Ask
When Selecting a Senior Living Community

First - Plan Ahead

Many people have to choose a senior living residence in the midst of a crisis and don’t have to time to explore their options. It is best if you can prepare ahead before being forced to make a quick decision.

When possible, visit at least two times at varying times throughout the day. Visit at least one time when the “boss” is usually in, but also visit in the evening or weekend when there is typically less management on site.

Ten Questions You Must Ask

Develop a list of questions you want to ask in advance.

  • What services do you offer? Are services offered 24 hours per day? Make sure the services offered will meet you or your loved ones needs. Think long-term and how her needs may change in the future.
  • What are the discharge criteria? The discharge criteria vary greatly depending on the provider. Most assisted living providers are required to provide this in writing per the Wisconsin Department of Quality Assurance, Bureau of Assisted Living.
  • How much does it cost? What is the base rent or fee? What is included in the base fee? What is the cost of additional services such as personal care, meals, housekeeping, and laundry?
  • Is the food good? Who prepares the food? Where is it prepared? Ask residents you see during the tour if they like the food. Current residents of senior living communities often rate meals as their #1 indicator of liking their community.
  • How long have the staff worked there? What are their qualifications? How does the company ensure employee job satisfaction and longevity? Numerous industry studies have concluded that stable staffing directly contributes to the quality of care and services provided.
  • How do you monitor mom’s condition? How do you monitor for change of condition? What if there is an emergency?
  • Will you assist with managing mom’s health care? Will you communicate with the healthcare providers? Do you follow up on physician orders and recommendations?
  • What are the house rules? Is this a smoke free facility? Is alcohol allowed? Are there visiting hours? Can mom decide when she’d like to wake up, eat, and go to bed?
  • What if mom doesn’t want to follow physician’s orders? What if mom refuses medications or services? What if mom wants to eat or drink something her physician says she shouldn’t?
  • How many activities are offered? When are they offered? How often are exercise activities offered? How often are community outings offered?

Whispering Heights
1704 Georgia Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: (920) 746-8998
Fax: (920) 746-8997
Whispering Winds
1632 Georgia Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: (920) 746-8859
Fax: (920) 743-4047
Whispering Pines
1610 Georgia Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: (920) 746-7080
Fax: (920) 746-0771
10 questions to ask

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