Use the following checklist when visiting residential are facilities. As you walk through the facility keep your eyes and ears open. Remember that this will be “home” to the person you are helping to place. If you don’t like what you see, hear, or smell, chances are that the person you represent will not be happy there. As a general rule, the most appropriate care facility is the one in which you have checked the most “yes” answers.
One of the most effective ways of reviewing a home is to drop in unannounced at meal times, keeping in mind that meals are important to the residents, and reveal much about the facility’s management and staff attitudes. This will allow you to see the quality and preparation of the food, how the staff relates to the residents, and see how the residents interact among themselves. Take this opportunity to talk to other residents -- how do they like where they are living? Could they be friends with your family member?
Click here for a PDF check list you can print out and use.