Top 10 Questions About Assisted Living

10 Questions to ask when exploring assisted living at Mennonite Village

Make an Easier Move to Assisted Living with these 10 Questions

When is the right time for a loved one to move to assisted living? It’s a significant decision and a big life change for families to consider. We encourage families to ask many questions to feel comfortable with this choice and transition to assisted living. Here are the top 10 questions to guide you along the way.

Assisted living senior holding a ball

What Services are Provided?

Understanding the range of services offered is essential when making the move to assisted living. From personal care assistance to medication management, knowing the level of support available helps to ensure a good fit for your needs.

How is Staffing Structured?

Be sure to inquire about staff-to-resident ratios and their training. This will vary among communities but a good rule of thumb is 1:13 ratio for direct care staff to residents receiving care.  Well-supported and professionally trained staff are crucial for providing care and a supportive environment, especially in the case of medical emergencies. Mennonite Village has staff meeting the needs of assisted living residents 24 / 7, which is a great relief for families who have been caring for their loved one.

What is the Cost Structure?

Feel free to ask about the overall fees, what’s all included, and if there are additional charges for specific services or personal needs. Clear communication about costs is vital to ensure good financial planning for you and your family. 

Is the Facility Licensed and Accredited?

Ensure the assisted living community you are touring meets state regulations and holds relevant accreditations, assuring a commitment to quality care and safety. Here at Mennonite Village, we are a not-for-profit retirement community, meeting all regulations to provide quality care.

What Social and Recreational Activities are Offered?

Quality of life matters and social connection is important for joyful living. Ask questions about the activities and programs available to residents. Find out how they promote social engagement, mental stimulation, and overall well-being. Find out about our recreational opportunities here: Wellness Programs

assisted living senior signing a document

How is Medication Handled?

Understanding the process of medication management is crucial for maintaining health and well-being as we age. At Quail Run we are constantly reviewing our processes when it comes to medication management to ensure we minimize the risk of errors. Be sure to ask about how prescriptions are administered and monitored along with clarifying caretaker roles.

What is the Emergency Response Plan?

Emergencies can happen, and being prepared is key. Ask about the facility’s emergency response plan and protocols in place to ensure resident safety, and walk through what this might look like for you and your loved ones. 

assisted living senior with a young woman

Can Residents Personalize Their Living Spaces?

Feeling at home is key to enjoying assisted living. When touring or exploring your assisted living options, ask if residents have the freedom to personalize their living spaces with furniture, decorations, and other personal items.

How is Family Communication Handled?

Staying connected is vital for both residents and their families. Inquire about communication practices, updates on residents, situations where power of attorney may be involved, and overall involvement in ongoing care decisions.

What is the Pet Policy?

For many, furry friends are family. If having a pet is important, ask about the facility’s pet policy, including any restrictions or guidelines.

Making the move to assisted living is a significant step, and being armed with the right questions helps you to make the best choices. Take the time to explore and gather information to ensure a smooth and well-informed move into this next chapter of life.

Schedule your tour today at Mennonite Village Assisted Living Facility

Mennonite Village is a non-profit assisted living community. For more than 75 years, Mennonite Village has offered a full spectrum of quality retirement living in Oregon, from independent living to memory care. Come visit Mennonite Village and tour our options for assisted living in Albany, Oregon. As a not-for-profit community, Mennonite Village invests more resources in care and wellness for the residents who call our campus home.

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