Assisted Living…Choosing Between A Large or Small Facility?

October 27, 2014

Choosing an Assisted Living Facility isn’t a one step process. There are many questions and observations that need to be made. The size of the facility is most critical. Generally, the smaller the care center, the greater the attention level. So look closely at the staff to patient ratio. If most residents need a lot of assistance and there is only one direct caregiver to 1-15 residents, it may not be enough. Conversely, if most residents are fairly independent, a 1-to-15 ratio may be fine. Also high staff turnover is a good indicator of potential problems. Desirable staff turnover rates are in the single digits, although many homes have higher rates. Don’t be afraid to ask why.

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