Evaluating Assisted Living Communities

If you are just starting to visit assisted living communities in northern Michigan, you are no doubt feeling a little overwhelmed. Understanding what to look for and what to ask can make a difference.  These tips and checklist were put together by the aging experts at The Brook Retirement Communities to help caregivers in northern Michigan make an informed choice.

Quick Tips to Start Your Search for Assisted Living

  1. Try to spend structured and unstructured time with your loved one before you visit any assisted living communities in your area. That will allow you a better understanding of what they truly need. Is it help with bathing and dressing? Is it strictly transportation because they no longer drive? Or are you concerned about how they are managing their medications? Having an objective list of their abilities and what they need support with will help you evaluate whether or not a community is a good fit for your loved one.
  2. Do your homework first. You can spend time on each of the assisted living communities’ websites and even take a look at their Facebook page. Consumer to consumer feedback can be one of the best ways to get an honest opinion about a potential assisted living community.

Now let’s review what to ask and what to look for when you visit an assisted living community:
Assisted Living Community Visit Checklist >

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