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What to Ask and What to Look For: A Facility Checklist

The following is only a partial list of things you should look for when selecting a retirement or nursing facility.

Click here for a printable version of this checklist.

  1. Look closely at the facility or home inside and out.
  2. Ask to see the facility license.
  3. Ask to see the admission agreement.
  4. Take a look at the food menus.
  5. Take a look at the kitchen.
  6. Talk to the facility residents. Do they like their home?
  7. Do the residents look comfortable and well cared for?
  8. Talk to the staff.
  9. Talk to the administrator. Is he or she helpful in discussing the facility or home with you?
  10. Is there an odor in the facility or home?
  11. Are the bedrooms clean and neat?
  12. Are there activities for the residents?
  13. Does the facility or home provide transportation?
  14. Does this home specialize in difficult cases?
  15. Do the residents appear to be clean and dressed?

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