8 Important Questions to Ask When Evaluating Assisted Living Communities
If you’re considering assisted living in New Hampshire for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to choose a safe, comfortable senior living community that will truly feel like home. We’ve put together a list of eight questions to help ensure that the community you select will have everything you need and then some.
- When May I Visit?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a visit is worth at least a million. By visiting in person, you can get a general feel for the community and observe its cleanliness and age, meet residents, see model residences and ask all your questions face-to-face with a staff member.
- What Levels of Care Do You Provide?
Some communities provide only one level of care, such as independent living, assisted living or skilled nursing. In a continuing-care retirement community (CCRC) like Havenwood Heritage Heights, you’ll have access to a full continuum of care for every stage of life.
- Are You Accredited?
When a community has earned accreditation through CARF International — formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities — you can feel confident that it has met rigorous standards for excellence and is among the top NH assisted living communities. At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we are fully accredited.
- Are You Nonprofit or For-Profit?
An important distinction among assisted living communities is whether they are part of a for-profit corporation or a nonprofit organization. Nonprofits typically are mission-driven and put proceeds back into bettering the community and improving the lives of seniors. For-profit companies often operate under requirements for returns on revenue that may necessitate higher occupancy and lower costs. Staffing, dining and other areas can be affected.
- What Are Your Personal Care Procedures?
In an assisted living setting, respecting individual dignity is critical, and perhaps no area is more essential to this concept than personal care. As you evaluate an assisted living Concord, NH, community, ask team members how they respect residents’ preferences and modesty during tasks like bathing and dressing.
- What Are Your Safety and Security Measures?
During your visit, be sure to notice and ask about safety measures throughout the building, including:
- Ways for residents to contact staff in an emergency.
- Location and number of grab bars.
- Hiring procedures and background screenings of staff.
- How and when the community is secured during the day and at night.
- What Are Meals Like?
During your visit, be sure to have a meal, preferably with residents. Tasting is believing, and the opportunity to speak with some future peers also will provide invaluable information about life in a specific community.
- How Do You Engage Residents Every Day?
What types of activities, programming and socialization does the community provide to ensure that you or your loved one continue to live a vibrant, engaged life? Look for a community that helps you meet plenty of friends who share your interests and that provides ample opportunities for enjoying the arts, performances, nature, lectures and much more.
At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we’d be delighted to answer your questions and show you our community anytime. Please contact us to schedule a time to visit, meet our residents and enjoy a meal.